2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

A River Cleanup With A Twist

Volunteers work together to plant trees and shrubs along the bank of Bennett’s Creek | Liz Dohrman Stacks of muddy tires, bags bursting with plastic bottles, and an assortment of rusted out shopping carts and bike frames are what we typically have to show off at the end of a river cleanup. I went to… Read more »

American Rivers selected as Aveda’s Regional Earth Month partner

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading  organization fighting to protect and restore rivers, will benefit from funds raised by Aveda stores, salons, and institutes  across the mid-Atlantic region during Earth Month.  Participating Aveda locations in DC, DE, MD, and VA are launching a variety of events, from cut-a-thons, and wine tastings, to ‘tip’… Read more »

Protecting Our Clean Water with the STOPS Runoff Act

Today, Senator Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the STOPS Runoff Act of 2011 that will reduce polluted runoff from federally funded highways and roads. It’s hard to believe that the streets and highways we drive on every day are one of the leading sources of water pollution. But think about it – with over 985,139 miles of… Read more »

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 »