FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress

The buzz over natural gas continued on Tuesday as the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  “There is a growing discrepancy between the natural gas industry’s claim that nothing ever goes wrong and the drumbeat of investigations and personal tragedies which demonstrate a… Read more »

Tubing The Shenandoah Puts Importance Of Clean Water Into Focus

Last weekend, I spent the day tubing down the Shenandoah River by Harper’s Ferry, close to where it meets the Potomac. There are few better ways to beat the heat of a Washington, DC summer than escaping downtown and spending some time on (or in) the water! Fortunately for me and my fellow tubers, it… Read more »

Halliburton Strikes Again and Again and Again

Halliburton — a company famous for its ties to our previous Vice President, Dick Cheney, and now its infamous “Halliburton loophole” in the Safe Drinking Water Act.  I expect in the past couple of weeks you have heard Halliburton tied to the cement failure that may have caused the BP oil spill this past summer.  Guess… Read more »

A Bad Day for Mountaintop Removal is a Good Day for Rivers

Kayford Mountain, WV | Vivian Stockman One of the biggest threats to river health in Appalachia is mountaintop removal coal mining.  This is a problem that American Rivers highlighted in our 2012 (Coal River) and 2010 (Gauley River) lists of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  Both the Coal and Gauley rivers are located in West Virginia… Read more »

EPA and American Rivers Award Additional $300,000 in Grants to Protect and Restore Potomac Highlands Rivers and Lands in West Virginia

PHILADELPHIA – The Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers today announced two additional recipients of  environmental grants to benefit communities, protect and restore habitat, forests, farmland, rivers and clean water in the Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia. Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust and the University of Kentucky Research Foundation will each receive a… Read more »

Help Shape the Fracking Study!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting four public information meetings on the proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and its potential impacts on drinking water. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that helps production of natural gas or oil from shale and other geological formations. This is the process behind our listings of… Read more »

State Stormwater Permits

Using Greener Strategies to Improve Clean Water with Stormwater Permits American Rivers is promoting green infrastructure solutions within state urban stormwater permits. Some of the greatest improvements to manage the impacts of stormwater can happen on urban landscapes: natural landscapes minimize stormwater runoff to just 10% while as much as 55% of rain runs directly… Read more »

Elk River Wild and Scenic Study Bill Passes the House

Washington – West Virginia’s Elk River came one step closer to permanent protection yesterday, when the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3113, the Upper Elk River Wild and Scenic Study Act.  American Rivers, building on its success with the recent omnibus Wild and Scenic Rivers bill that protected 86 rivers in seven states, is urging… Read more »

Impact of Mountaintop Mining on Public Health

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a discussion of public health near the Coal River from Pamela Johnson, a Registered Nurse: Take Action to Protect theCoal River Tell Congress to protect rivers like the Coal and put clean water and healthy communities over mining profits/operations! As a child, a stream… 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 »