Conewango Creek Needs Your Vote for River of the Year

Since we posted the original blog (A Tale of Two Dams, found in its entirety below), some great things have happened. First, we successfully completed the dam removals in early September, 2014. The photos below show a comparison of Conewango Creek before and after the Hospital Dam (the largest of the two dams) was removed. Second, Conewango… Read more »

Dilapidated Dam Disappearing

Boiling Springs, PA— A dangerous and decaying dam on the Yellow Breeches Creek is about to disappear, and will soon be replaced with a beautiful free flowing stream and a reconnected fishery.  Work to remove the Wittlinger Dam began this week, and the outdated relic will be completely gone by the end of the month…. Read more »

Potomac Highlands Implementation Grants Now Available

Washington, DC – American Rivers is seeking proposals for a variety of projects aimed at protecting and restoring the Potomac Highlands, the headwaters of the river that flows through our nation’s capital, as part of its partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency.  These grants are designed to provide support for local communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania,… Read more »

Boston Globe Agrees that the Solution to Hazardous Dams is Removal

Over the past several weeks, flooding in New England has resulted in: The failure of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of homes and businesses downstream. The failure of the Bolivar Street Dam in Canton, Massachusetts, causing the evacuation of an apartment building and sending sewage into the building. Leaks in… Read more »

Good ‘Bad News’ for the Mon

Sometimes we hope for bad news, in the anticipation that it will highlight a problem, increase awareness, and turn it into good news down the line.  I find myself celebrating such a paradox today, as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has characterized the Monongahela River as impaired due to elevated sulfate levels in this major drinking… Read more »

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 »

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week

Register today for American Hiking Society’s Hike The Hill: Trails Advocacy Week February 12-17, 2011. Trail advocates from across the nation will come to the nation’s capital to promote and protect our nation’s system of trails – including water trails. Come talk to your elected officials about your water trail and get up to speed… 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 »

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 »

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 »