New Report on Conservation Projects in the Potomac Highlands

Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands: Island Ford Farm, VA | Emily Warner Since 2011, American Rivers has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program (PHIGP). The PHIGP awarded funds to seven conservation and restoration partnerships across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Over the years, we have… Read more »

American Rivers Opens New Western Pennsylvania Office in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh — American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today announced that it has opened a new Western Pennsylvania Field Office in Pittsburgh and that Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy will serve as Associate Director for River Restoration to help Pennsylvania communities remove unsafe and outdated dams. Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy is a member of the American Institute of… Read more »

American Rivers Selected as 2010 Orvis Conservation Grantee

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, has been awarded the 2010 Conservation Grant from Orvis, the oldest mail-order company in the United States.  Since 1856, Orvis has been outfitting customers for the sporting traditions and supporting a broad range of conservation efforts.  Orvis has committed to matching donations from its… Read more »

One year later, Pennsylvania’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Pennsylvania are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including $1.2 billion in specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American… Read more »

Fracking in a Floodplain

Photo by Don Williams When American Rivers named 2011 The Year of the River, we never envisioned that the rivers would be showing themselves in such force across the country this summer. Who needs a parade when you can see cars floating down Main Street? Our recent encounters with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee… Read more »

How Dams Are Removed

This video clip shows a portion of the removal process for the Harmony Junction Dam on Connoquenessing Creek north of Pittsburgh, removed in 2009 to provide fish passage, increase boating access, to eliminate a public safety hazard, and minimize flooding in the area. First the contractor uses a hydraulic hammer mounted on a track-hoe to… Read more »

Pennsylvania supports Philadelphia plan for green infrastructure

In my recent blog, I mentioned Philadelphia’s “Green City, Clean Water” plan “ to develop sustainable water management and minimize costs for water treatment caused in part by stormwater run-off from the city’s broad expanse of pavement, rooftops and sidewalks.” On one hand it’s an innovative and ambitious plan. .. On the other hand, “Green… Read more »

The Proof is in the Pudding

Logically, using dam removal as a technique to restore a river and allow fish to access historic habitat makes sense. However, an important component of demonstrating the success of river restoration projects such as these is being able to gather baseline data before a project starts and monitor the project following implementation. The true rewards… 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 »

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 »