Darby Creek Restoration Project

Removal of Hoffman Park Dam at Lansdowne, PA Description: The Hoffman Park Dam was a stone masonry dam that was approximately 4 feet high and 40 feet long. The age of the dam is unknown; it appears in the PA DEP Division of Dam Safety records in 1919, but likely dates to the early- or… Read more »

Cleaning Up A Creek Full of Memories In Manheim

Some huge tires were pulled out of the creek | © John Crispeno, Manheim Pennsylvania It was one of those late summer mornings with a chill in the air. The sun shining through the trees warmed me while the Chiques Creek flowed below. On September 21st American Rivers joined 100 employees from Manheim Pennsylvania and… Read more »

Putting Polluters Before People’s Health?

Speak up to protect the Ohio River from mercury and other toxic chemical discharges by emailing ORSANCO now! The Ohio River Basin Commission (ORSANCO) is proposing to extend a deadline two years for polluters to comply with rules to eliminate discharges of harmful ‘bioaccumulative chemicals of concern’ (BCCs) such as mercury to areas in the… Read more »

Paying for stormwater management: a case for innovation

This blog post was written jointly between Liz G. Deardorff and American Rivers’ conservation intern Molly Armus Public-private partnerships have proven to be great ways to implement innovative green infrastructure techniques, such as “Adapt-a-Bioswale” in Ohiopyle, PA | © Liz G. Deardorff Paying for stormwater management can be challenging, especially for small urban municipalities that… Read more »

What did we accomplish?

Conoquenessing Creek as it appeared in 2010 after the dam removal and stream restoration project was completed | © Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy Recently, one of American Rivers’ blog readers responded to a previous post about how dams are removed with remarks about how the 2009 removal of the Harmony Junction Dam forever changed Connoquenessing Creek. Let’s… Read more »

Easing Into River Protection

Boyer Nursery Protected Through the Marsh Creek Project | © Sarah Kipp, Land Conservancy of Adams County Recently, we have been learning about conservation easements as part of our River Protection work under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to protect lands in the Potomac Highlands region. The Potomac Highlands are located in the… Read more »

News: Pennsylvania Stormwater Can Be Managed By Municipal Authorities

Combined sewage overflows (CSO) in West Haven, CT | © Christopher Zurcher Pennsylvania municipalities will have a new tool in their stormwater management toolbox—one that significantly hinges regulatory hammers, best management practice levers and funding drivers together— the legal flexibility to form authorities, sometimes referred to as utilities, to plan and manage stormwater. Governor Corbett… Read more »

Susquehanna Fish Diseased Yet The River Is Not ‘Impaired’

Wildlife depend on a healthy Susquehanna River for survival | © MissTessmacher The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pennsylvania’ Department of Protection (PA-DEP) list of impaired waterways [PDF] disappointing advocates for a healthy Susquehanna River. In August 2011, American Rivers joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission (Fish and… Read more »

American Rivers Applauds New National Monument Designations

Washington – American Rivers today applauded President Obama for designating five new national monuments covering more than 240,000 acres. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “We commend President Obama for his leadership and vision in protecting five new national monuments that will safeguard historic, cultural, and natural treasures for future… Read more »