Darby Creek Restoration Project, PA

click to enlarge map Darby Creek drains a largely urbanized watershed adjacent to the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a direct tributary to the Delaware River, and joins with the Delaware near Essington, PA, after passing through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Early settlement along the Darby relied upon mill dams for economic… Read more »

Drowned Towns: What Lies Beneath the Reservoirs?

This is a guest blog from our intern Johannes Dreisbach. Hoover Dam, AR, NV | USBR Halloween is just a day away.  In a matter of hours, goblins and ghouls will be running amok in city streets and monsters will be haunting television screens.  With all of the spooky activities that will soon be taking… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy update from Darby Creek, Pennsylvania

Some American Rivers staff were in the field earlier today, checking out a dam removal project site on Darby Creek, near Philadelphia, PA. Here are two videos from the site, amidst the early winds and rain from advancing Hurricane Sandy. American Rivers is working to remove four barriers in the creek and promote green infrastructure… Read more »

A Power Struggle on the Delaware

Delaware River, DE, NJ, NY, PA | Nicholas Tonelli In 2007, American Rivers highlighted the Upper Delaware River on our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® [PDF] because it was threatened by a massive power line through the Wild and Scenic River.   Then again in 2010, the Upper Delaware appeared at the top of the… Read more »

Local Stormwater Codes and Ordinances

In addition to any federal or state clean water requirements, local governments have an important role to evaluate their own codes and ordinances to ensure they are protecting our communities and our waterways. American Rivers is working at the local level to review current codes and ordinances to provide sound recommendations to Planning Commissions and… Read more »

State Stormwater Permits

Using Greener Strategies to Improve Clean Water with Stormwater Permits American Rivers is promoting green infrastructure solutions within state urban stormwater permits. Some of the greatest improvements to manage the impacts of stormwater can happen on urban landscapes: natural landscapes minimize stormwater runoff to just 10% while as much as 55% of rain runs directly… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

Fall River Cleanup With REI

Volunteers work together to cleanup the Juniata River, PA | American Rivers The REI & Keep Bedford County Beautiful annual cleanup is a memorable river cleanup for me.  This was my first official river cleanup as the National River Cleanup® Campaign Manager in September 2011.  Attending as a veteran this year – I loved recognizing… Read more »

Manheim & American Rivers Clean Up the Conestoga River

What’s better than sleeping in on a Saturday morning? In my humble opinion, it was joining over 100 Manheim employees out on the Conestoga River to clean their local waterway to benefit their community, wildlife, and nature.  Manheim Auto Auction, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is part of Cox Enterprises and participates in Cox Conserves, the… Read more »

Manheim And American Rivers Clean Up The Conestoga River

ATLANTA – As part of its local community efforts and commitment to conservation, Manheim Pennsylvania teamed up with American Rivers on Saturday, June 9 to clean the Conestoga River in Lancaster County Central Park. More than 100 Manheim employees and their family members cleaned up debris from the river and surrounding park area from 9… Read more »