River Champions – Reader Nominated

Friends of the Cheat FOC staff poses along the bank of Fickey Run, one of the Cheat watershed’s most polluted streams. Although significant progress has been made, there is much more acid mine drainage (AMD) remediation work to be done. Pictured (left to right): Jeremy Sidebottom, Garrett Thompson, and Chris Bern. Friends of the Cheat… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2013

We are excited to launch this interactive map of all known dam removals in the U.S.! Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal… Read more »

Featured River

Potomac Highlands Restoration Program Success Our partnership with the Potomac Conservancy has seen tremendous success. Featured in the photos above, the Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands Project in Virginia has successfully worked with private landowners to permanently conserve five local properties. These five properties amount to 1,049 acres, 5.5 stream miles, and 9.4 miles of forested… Read more »

Spills in the Spotlight

Freedom Industries storage facility on the Elk River, WV | © West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church On Tuesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing to review the recent chemical spill into the Elk River that contaminated the drinking water supplies of 300,000 people in West Virginia. Witnesses included… Read more »

Good Relationships And A Conservation Strategy At Work In The Potomac Highlands: A Summary Of Potomac Conservancy’s Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands Project

Today we have a guest blog from Emily Warner, former Land Protection Director at Potomac Conservancy. Emily’s team just completed a conservation easement project in western Virginia that American Rivers funded through our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program. This is Part 1 of a two part blog… Read more »

Putting Polluters Before People’s Health?

Speak up to protect the Ohio River from mercury and other toxic chemical discharges by emailing ORSANCO now! The Ohio River Basin Commission (ORSANCO) is proposing to extend a deadline two years for polluters to comply with rules to eliminate discharges of harmful ‘bioaccumulative chemicals of concern’ (BCCs) such as mercury to areas in the… 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 »

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 »

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 »