Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Initiatives

Rain barrel | American Rivers When it rains polluted stormwater often pours directly into rivers from dirty streets and parking lots, or into overburdened wastewater and drinking water treatment systems.  This poses a health hazard for people, as well as fish and wildlife To reduce the effects of stormwater, American Rivers works on the local, state… 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 »

Two Dams Removed on Cedar Run

Lower Allen Township, PA— Better days are ahead for Cedar Run.  This week two dilapidated small dams were removed on the tributary to the Yellow Breeches.  Their removal will transform the area into a vibrant fishery, and water quality will soon improve.  “People all across America should look to what’s happening today on Cedar Run… Read more »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

Washington DC – 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 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide. The list includes obsolete dams in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,… Read more »

Gettin’ Dirty with REI

REI is not only a generous sponsor of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ but on September 18th they rolled up their sleeves and got dirty during their own river cleanup along the Juniata in Bedford, Pennsylvania.  It was a crisp cool morning that turned into a warm and pleasant afternoon, perfect for a cleanup. I had… Read more »

Kayaking Promotes Better Health

PennLive.com – (November 20): James McNulty tried kayaking for the first time at the age of 54. The current president of the Canoe Club of Greater Harrisburg was at in Gifford Pinchot State Park in York County when he signed up for the club on a whim. Soon after that maiden voyage at Gifford Pinchot State Park,… Read more »

Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection

Yesterday was a big day for rivers as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved several Wild and Scenic River bills by unanimous consent.  American Rivers has been working with local communities and river groups to develop proposals and advocating on Capitol Hill for several of of these rivers, including the the Molalla River in Oregon and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River,… Read more »

What state can afford to ignore the benefits of green infrastructure?

Budget trimming in states across the nation have cut deeply into environmental agencies and the programs they manage. A survey of 24 states by the Environmental Council of States reports an average budget reduction to environmental agencies of $12 million this year. In addition, states have lost greater than 5% since 2004 from federal grants… Read more »