Wilkes-Barre, PA — The Susquehanna River, which was named by American Rivers as the Most Endangered River in America in 2005, will remain free-flowing thanks to the denial of a federal permit to construct an inflatable dam on the river. The Army Corps of Engineers determined that the dam would cause unacceptable impacts to the river and that the proposed project wasn’t in the public interest.
Below is a statement from Rebecca Wodder, President of American Rivers.
“This proves that just because a river is endangered, doesn’t mean it’s doomed. Thankfully, the Corps has taken the air out of this inflatable dam idea that was flawed from the beginning. The Corps’ application of the Clean Water Act is right on target.
This isn’t just a win for the river. It’s a win for every community on its banks. And, thanks to on-going efforts to clean up decades of pollution, Wilkes-Barre and all of Luzerne County will soon have a healthier Susquehanna River to enjoy something the region hasn’t experienced in generations. It’s a Valentine’s Day gift that will keep on giving for generations to come.
The time has come to choose solutions that work with nature to protect the interests of future generations of Pennsylvanians. The state is already struggling with the cost of maintaining aging infrastructure. This unnecessary dam would have saddled taxpayers with an unnecessary economic burden. I encourage the region to now focus on restoring the health and beauty of what nature has already provided.”
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.