Making Our Communities SAFE

The increasing trends of extreme weather we’ve seen over the last couple of years have just been confirmed; last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report found that the number of extreme events: increasing temperature, drought, rainfall and flooding, are in fact long term trends, so we’d all better get ready! Preparing… Read more »

Help Us Give the Delaware River an Upgrade

Tell the Pennsylvania DEP to give the Delaware River the strongest protections under the Clean Water Act! In recent months, American Rivers has been working with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to compile a petition to the state of Pennsylvania to upgrade the protective status of the Upper and Middle Delaware River to the highest level- Exceptional… Read more »

DRBC Postpones Vote on Fracking Regulations

Nov. 21 Vote Canceled!But we need to keep up the pressure. Tell the DRBC to base their upcoming decision on thorough science! Yesterday, American Rivers joined with advocates across the Marcellus Shale region to ask the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) not to vote on regulations that will govern the development of natural gas in… Read more »

Will the Delaware River Basin Soon be Fracked Up?

Tell the Delaware River Basin Commission to vote “NO” on fracking on Nov. 21st! The fate of America’s Most Endangered River™ of 2010 could be determined this month in a critical vote on natural gas regulations.    The tension in the region is palpable, even from my desk here in Washington, D.C.  On November 21, the… Read more »

Keeping Chemicals Out of Rivers

Representative Slaughter Introduces Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act A few summers ago, I spent a day paddling down the Schuylkill River. Not along the scenic headwaters, as you might imagine, but right in downtown Philadelphia. There’s nothing quite like seeing a city from the river in a kayak! Across the country, people are getting back to their… 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 »

Swimming in Slime Underscores Need for Smart Clean Water Protections

Green slime covering up your local swimming hole?  Seems that Senator Inhofe (R-OK) found his own Grand Lake covered in algae. After swimming in the muck, the Senator became really sick. Blue-green algae are known to cause respiratory illness, skin irritation and diarrhea and tend to flourish in times of drought when water is warm… Read more »

Do you care about the Susquehanna River? Tell the SRBC.

Actually, I know that many of you do care about the Susquehanna River because you showed us your support when we named it America’s Most Endangered River of 2011. You’ll recall that the Susquehanna earned this unfortunate distinction due to the threat of rapid natural gas development in the watershed.  If you don’t live in the… Read more »

A Tale of Two Shale States’ Response

On July 26, the Wall Street Journal issued an editorial entitled “A Tale of Two Shale States.”  I disagree with the editors on this issue, and this is why: Fat pockets are useless if you die of thirst. The commentary presented in “A Tale of Two Shale States” covers a very narrow point of view on… Read more »