New Report on Conservation Projects in the Potomac Highlands

Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands: Island Ford Farm, VA | Emily Warner Since 2011, American Rivers has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program (PHIGP). The PHIGP awarded funds to seven conservation and restoration partnerships across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Over the years, we have… Read more »

Gauley River Named One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2010

Washington, DC — Mountaintop removal coal mining could spell the end to the clean water, fish and wildlife and world-famous recreation on the Gauley River, unless decision makers take immediate action. This threat landed the Gauley in the number three spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “Unless the EPA… 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 »

Using Urban Farms as a Green Infrastructure Tool

Billboard at Civic Works Real Food Farm | Jenny Hughes Polluted runoff is a major source of pollution for the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocations were set as pollution caps that have an accompanying implementation plan that will ultimately restore the Bay’s water quality. All communities within the Chesapeake… Read more »

Monongahela River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — The drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people is at risk from toxic pollution created by natural gas extraction in the Monongahela River Basin. This threat landed the Monongahela in the number nine spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “We must put the brakes on the… Read more »

Stand up for Appalachia!

You can go a long way toward helping the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stand up for clean water in Appalachia. Rarely does such a seemingly innocuous piece of rulemaking play such a profound role on the environmental health of an area. You, the public, can applaud and recommend additional improvements to EPA’s draft guidance (PDF) supporting scientific… Read more »

Stand Up for West Fork Dam Removals!

Three dangerous dams on the West Fork River need to be removed to benefit river ecology and to provide habitat connectivity for freshwater mussels and their fish-host species.

Busy Week for Natural Gas Across the Country

Well pad | Credit: Ecoflight   There has been a lot of activity across the country this week as states grapple with the most appropriate ways to deal with the natural gas boom.  Here are some highlights: For America’s Most Endangered River® of 2011, the Susquehanna River, local activists surprised the Commissioners of the Susquehanna… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

Endangered Rivers On FIRE!

Stop the Attacks on Clean Water  Let Congress know you support the Clean Water Act What a week!  News of the release of American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® spread like wildfire this week.  This gives us great hope that progress will be made towards good decisions for our ten rivers this… Read more »