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 »

Saving rivers — and having fun while we’re at it

There are scores of reasons to protect and restore rivers:  public health, clean drinking water, our shared responsibility to safeguard our natural heritage… the list goes on and on. The reason on my mind today is recreation. It’s summer – prime time for fishing, boating, and swimming in the great outdoors – and a good… Read more »

Improvements for the Potomac River: River Health Now A “C” Grade

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. Dyke Marsh, Potomac River, VA | ©… Read more »

Early Successes on Chicago and Roanoke Rivers

It has been an exciting couple of weeks since the release of our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™!  Things seem to be looking up for the Chicago and Roanoke Rivers.  While both rivers still have a ways to go, I wanted to share with you the recent developments. Chicago River The week prior… 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 »