Mid-Atlantic Projects

American Rivers has a successful track record protecting and restoring rivers and clean water in the Mid-Atlantic.

2012 Dams Removed

Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 65 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers across the nation, restoring 400 miles of streams for the benefit of fish, wildlife and people across the country.

Darby Creek Restoration Project, PA

American Rivers is partnering with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to alleviate localized flooding, improve in-stream habitat, reestablish connectivity for resident and migratory fish (including American shad, hickory shad, alewife, river herring, American eel, bass, shiners, and suckers) , and restore free-flowing conditions along Darby Creek, a direct tributary to the Delaware River.

Local Stormwater Codes and Ordinances

American Rivers is working at the local level to review current codes and ordinances to provide sound recommendations to Planning Commissions and legislative bodies to reduce hard surfaces, create incentives to implement low impact development techniques such as rain gardens, bioretention, and green roofs, and protect buffers. These local changes will reduce polluted stormwater runoff and flooding and increase greenspace.

State Stormwater Permits

American Rivers is promoting green infrastructure solutions within state urban stormwater permits. Green infrastructure is a proven solution that is easily implemented in urban areas.

2010 Dam Removals

Our list of 60 dams that were removed in 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide.

Patapsco River, MD

American Rivers is working with the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to remove several dams on the beautiful Patapsco River.

Potomac Highlands (MD, PA, VA, WV) Restoration

Beginning in 2011, American Rivers, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will kick off a competitive grant program that provides financial support for a variety of projects to protect and restore the Potomac Highlands ecosystem, while benefiting its human communities.

Potomac Highlands (MD, PA, VA, WV) Restoration – Grant Program

The American Rivers ‰ÛÒ EPA Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program will provide financial support for a wide variety of projects that protect and restore the Potomac Highlands ecosystem, while benefiting its human communities. Grants range from $150,000-$300,000 and will be restricted to the implementation phase of projects. Applications are currently being accepted for 2012 project funding with a deadline of August 5, 2011.

Potomac Highlands Restoration Areas Map

Beginning in 2011, American Rivers, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will kick off a competitive grant program that provides financial support for a variety of projects to protect and restore the Potomac Highlands ecosystem, while benefiting its human communities.

Developing Green Infrastructure Solutions: Stormwater Management Workshop and Presentation

American Rivers hosted the workshop "Solutions for Municipalities Managing Stormwater" at Swarthmore College in January 2009. The workshop was conducted to present sound stormwater management to municipalities and their engineers, citizen-based watershed groups, and civic leadership.

Green Infrastructure in Darby Creek, PA

American Rivers is working to restore DarbyCcreek and use green infrastructure to mimic the way water would naturally flow over the land. The Darby Creek restoration project will restore habitat and stream function by removing four barriers within the creek. At the same time, American Rivers‰' Clean Water program has partnered with several local agencies and groups to install rain barrels at homes and foster community based solutions to stormwater management.

Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Initiatives

American Rivers works on the local, state and federal levels to promote a range of green infrastructure solutions such as rain gardens, green roofs, and rain barrels. These approaches work in concert with nature to collect and filter runoff, reduce flooding, and minimize pollution in our rivers and streams while helping to save money and energy too.

Potomac Highlands Restoration – Grant Program

The American Rivers ‰ÛÒ EPA Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant Program will provide financial support for a wide variety of projects that protect and restore the Potomac Highlands ecosystem, while benefiting its human communities. Grants range from $150,000-$300,000 and will be restricted to the implementation phase of projects. Applications are currently being accepted for 2012 project funding with a deadline of August 5, 2011.

2009 America’s Most Endangered Rivers: Laurel Hill Creek, PA

The Laurel Hill Creek is one of American River's 2009 Most Endangered Rivers. The creek is threatened due to excessive water withdrawls which would affect clean water and water suppy and plans to build a limestone mine on the river.

2009 America’s Most Endangered Rivers: Mattawoman Creek

The Mattawoman Creek is one of American Rivers' 2009 Most Endangered Rivers. The river is threatened due to a proposed highway and overdevelopment.