MLK Day of Service: Volunteer to Clean Your River

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated in 1957, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”  His words continue to resonate with us to this day as the upcoming anniversary of his birth approaches on January 16, 2012. On August 23, 1994 under President Bill Clinton, federal legislation was… Read more »

The Clean Water Act: Preserving the Past and Improving the Future

This is a guest blog from one of our conservation interns Ryan Cook Gulf Branch stream, Arlington, VA | Ryan Cook When you’re growing up everything seems bigger.  In elementary school I played in the Gulf Branch stream in Arlington, overlooking the Potomac River.  My younger self treated the largest pool as a veritable lagoon,… Read more »

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 »

American Rivers and EPA award $163,875 grant to revitalize Waynesboro riverfront

Washington, DC – American Rivers and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced that a riverfront revitalization effort in Waynesboro, VA will receive a $163,875 grant, as part of a comprehensive initiative to protect and restore rivers in the Potomac Highlands region. The grant will help the City of Waynesboro implement its “Restoring Waynesboro’s Riverfront Parks”… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 Announced Today!

Presenting our much awaited…yearly exposé of rivers on the brink… America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011! We have a crucial list of rivers compiled for this year, with threats ranging from natural gas development to flooding to mining to disgusting water pollution. It is all on the list! For the second year in a row,… Read more »

Feeling The Heat On Uranium Mining In Virginia

Roanoke River, VA | Dan River Basin Association Uranium mining is a hot topic right now in Virginia.  You might remember that American Rivers listed the Roanoke River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2011 due to a proposed uranium mine.  Since that time, the Virginia legislature has been talking about whether or not… Read more »

72 Dams removed in 2014

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »

American Rivers names America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2012

Washington, D.C. – With Congress considering drastic cuts to national clean water protections, and rivers nationwide facing threats from natural gas drilling, pollution, and new dams, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. American Rivers named the Potomac River, known as ‘the nation’s river’ as it flows through the capital,… Read more »

Oppose the Chesapeake Bay Dirty Water Act

Take action to protect the Bay from a bad bill that sets a dangerous precedent to weaken Clean Water Act protections across the country. More dirty water coming to the Chesapeake Bay, and maybe your river soon. Don’t be deceived by the words” reauthorization” and “improvement.” The “Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act” (H.R…. Read more »

More Clean Water In The Courts – The Accotink Creek Decision

Accotink Creek, VA | TrailVoice Recently we described the results of the Supreme Court’s decision in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which was a narrow one.  Another Clean Water Act case, Virginia Department of Transportation vs. Environmental Protection Agency [PDF] addresses the cleanup of Accotink Creek, a tributary… Read more »