Many of our older cities have leaking and broken water pipes that leak and sometimes dump raw sewage into our streams and rivers posing threats to public health and limiting livability. Despite massive funding shortfalls, until now, federal funding cou… Read more »
Katherine leads federal clean water policy work to reduce sewage spills and polluted stormwater runoff and to increase green infrastructure.
Katherine joined American Rivers in 2005. Prior to that she worked as a policy analyst for the legal think tank the Center for Progressive Reform, and as Director of Headwaters Conservation for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in Georgia.
B.A. in Environmental Studies from Stanford University, M.S. in Conservation Ecology from the University of Georgia, and J.D. from the University of MarylandChattahoochee River
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My colleague Stacey was intrigued after hearing a piece on about the nexus of modern art and sustainable urban design. She writes: Barry Bergdoll, the a curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, discussed a new exhibit called “Rising Curr… Read more »
The stimulus spending for water infrastructure has spurred a change in the way that many states are approaching clean water by promoting green infrastructure and water efficiency. American Rivers staffer Liz Garland just finished a report “Fundin… Read more »
At the groundbreaking of a “green street” project in Edmonston, Maryland, funded by the stimulus, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “Environmental protection, if done right, is about protecting a community. You should never have to choos… Read more »
Excess phosphorus and nitrogen is a leading cause of pollution of streams and rivers nationwide. This sort of nutrient pollution comes from a variety of sources but in many cases is unregulated and leads to major problems like the Dead Zone in the Gulf… Read more »
Our streams and rivers are far from clean – pollution from urban runoff and farms are significant sources that are challenging to control. One thing that the Clean Water Act makes clear is that “point source” pollution – water p… Read more »
Over the course of the last year I had the opportunity to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Sustainable Water Infrastructure. Participants included representatives from public and private utilities, consulting firms, academia, gove… Read more »
Because of a recent Supreme Court case, Coeur Alaska Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, a mining company will be allowed to dump toxic mining waste into a pristine Alaskan lake, killing all aquatic life. The Court relied on a Bush administr… Read more »
Right down the road from where I live, the town of Edmonston is getting help in reducing local flooding and pollution with funding from the green reserve portion of the economic stimulus, something that American Rivers helped secure. Working with our c… Read more »
Here at American Rivers, we love to talk about polluted stormwater runoff. We can go on for hours about all those great things like bio-infiltration, construction general permits and performance standards. But as it turns out, we’re in the minori… Read more »