Why are We Irrigating in Places With too Much Water?

Today’s post is a guest blog by Craig Colten. Craig is professor of geography at LSU, Director of Human Dimensions at the Water Institute of the Gulf, and author of Southern Waters: The Limits to Abundance. I was driving across eastern Virginia toward the Dismal Swamp a couple of years ago, and I spotted yet… Read more »

Roanoke River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Virginia – Lifting a state-wide ban on uranium mining would threaten the Roanoke River and other rivers as well as drinking water supplies in the region with radioactive pollution and toxic chemicals, American Rivers said today.  The threat from a proposed uranium mine in the Roanoke basin earned the river a spot on the organization’s… Read more »

Reducing Our Plastic Use – One ‘River Fan’ At A Time

Last weekend a few American Rivers staff members volunteered for a cause near and dear to our hearts.  We joined the Brita Filter for Good® Music Project team at the Dave Matthews Band concert in Virginia to speak to fans about the importance of reducing their plastic waste.  Together we were able to collect nearly… Read more »

Easing Into River Protection

Boyer Nursery Protected Through the Marsh Creek Project | © Sarah Kipp, Land Conservancy of Adams County Recently, we have been learning about conservation easements as part of our River Protection work under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to protect lands in the Potomac Highlands region. The Potomac Highlands are located in the… Read more »

Earth Day with Plow & Hearth

On a windy Earth Day morning I arrived in Madison, Virginia to attend Plow & Hearth’s Earth Day Celebration.  I had the pleasure to join a group of local, sustainable businesses who were tabling at the event. My favorite aspect of this Earth Day event was that there were so many ways for people to… Read more »

An Upstream Battle For Our Rivers

Especially in the fall, one of my favorite weekend activities is to take a hike around Great Falls National Park along the Potomac River. The rushing water always reminds me how close we are to nature, even here in Washington, DC. Even though the ‘Nation’s river’ sometimes gets a bad reputation for being smelly or… Read more »

River Policy Update: March Wrap-Up

Locals Advocate for Wild and Scenic RiversIn March, Congress heard from people who support Wild and Scenic River designations for their favorite rivers. During a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on a bill that would designate the Molalla River as a National Wild and Scenic River, Michael Moody, President of the Molalla River Alliance testified… Read more »

South River restoration kicks off this week in Waynesboro

South River stream bank before restoration, Waynesboro VA | photo by City of Waynesboro Waynesboro, VA –The City of Waynesboro kicks off its “Restoring Waynesboro’s Riverfront Parks” initiative this week with stream bank restoration work at Wayne Avenue Park. The project is funded by a $163,875 grant from American Rivers and the Environmental Protection Agency… Read more »

Spring in Waynesboro, VA

Today we have a guest blog from Trafford McRae, Stormwater Program Manager at the City of Waynesboro Public Works. Trafford was the leader on a park-side river restoration project in western Virginia that American Rivers funded through our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program. Students touring Waynesboro… Read more »

Cutting for Clean Water

Blog by American Rivers staff members Gary Belan and Anne Paterson For the second year in a row, Aveda selected American Rivers to be a recipient charity for Earth Month in the mid-Atlantic region (DE, MD, VA and Washington, DC), which also happens to be where our headquarters is located.  During Earth Month, participating salons… Read more »