Intervention: The Road to Removal of Harvell Dam

Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River, Virginia By the time you read this, work will be underway to remove the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River. As the first obstruction on the river, the Harvell Dam has long been deemed the most critical fish passage site on the Appomattox and one of the highest priority… Read more »

Removal of Dam on Appomattox River to Benefit Native Fish in Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia – Work is underway to remove the Harvell Dam on the Appomattox River—with removal of the concrete spillway scheduled to begin on July 15, 2014. As the first obstruction on the river, the Harvell Dam has long been deemed the most critical fish passage site on the Appomattox and one of the highest… Read more »

Confronting Restoration Challenges in Urban Areas

Sewer, gas, and water lines created an added challenge to the Easton Dam removal, Lehigh River, PA | PA Fish & Boat Commission As we have been talking about river restoration challenges this month, it is important to recognize that different challenges exist in different environments. Today, I am going to talk about some of… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

River Restoration Successes

Potomac Highlands Restoration Program Success Our partnership with the Potomac Conservancy has seen tremendous success. Featured in the photos above, the Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands Project in Virginia has successfully worked with private landowners to permanently conserve five local properties. These five properties amount to 1,049 acres, 5.5 stream miles, and 9.4 miles of forested… Read more »

Good Relationships And A Conservation Strategy At Work In The Potomac Highlands: A Summary Of Potomac Conservancy’s Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands Project

Today we have a guest blog from Emily Warner, former Land Protection Director at Potomac Conservancy. Emily’s team just completed a conservation easement project in western Virginia that American Rivers funded through our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program. This is Part 1 of a two part blog… Read more »

Fracking The Headwaters Of The Potomac? Bad Idea.

This is a guest post by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. Jackson River, VA flows through the George Washington National… Read more »

Investing In Clean Rivers For A Healthy Chesapeake Bay: New Report

Cities and counties in the Bay states are behind schedule implementing permit controls to reduce stormwater runoff | © Jayme Frye The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has released a new report, “Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Chesapeake Bay Region’s Ecology, Economy and Health.” Storm event runoff pollutes thousands of… Read more »

Report Card On The Potomac River: Access And Water Supply

The following is a guest post SERIES by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. Potomac River, WV | © Adam Fagen… Read more »

Potomac River Report Card: Better Clarity, Declining Vegetation

The following is a guest post series by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. The development around the Woodrow Wilson Bridge… Read more »