American Rivers Applauds New EPA Rule On Carbon Pollution

Washington – American Rivers applauded the Obama Administration today for taking a major step in the fight against global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, a major contributor to global warming. The EPA’s… Read more »

Washington’s River Renaissance

Today’s post is a guest blog by Tom Uniack with Washington Wild. This blog is part of our series featuring the rivers protected by Congress in December 2014, including those designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Pratt River | Thomas O’Keefe On December 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that formally designated the Pratt River… Read more »

President Obama Outlines Bold Vision For Fighting Climate Change

Learn about rivers and climate change at Washington – President Obama today outlined a series of proposals for combating climate change, including reducing carbon pollution and helping communities prepare for more severe floods, droughts, and other impacts of climate change. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “Fighting climate change is… Read more »

Demand for Green Infrastructure Projects Higher Than Ever

Washington, DC – A new report issued by American Rivers analyzes how the $1.2 billion of green water infrastructure funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent. According to a new report, “Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable Water,” demand for green infrastructure projects has never been… Read more »

California Continues to Prepare for a Changing Climate

In a new report California is taking the lead to tackle climate change at the local and state levels | California Climate Change Center With one of the worst droughts in the last 50 years parching over 50% of the country, and record breaking temperatures scorching communities nationwide, it is a relief to see that… Read more »

Flooding and Raw Sewage

We just released American Rivers eight point flood response agenda as recovery from the devastating midwest floods begins. As my colleague Will Hewes reports, sewage treatment is yet another flooding casualty: The flood waters that devastated the Midwest last month have receded, and the long process of recovery is underway. While the news headlines have… Read more »

Lessons From The Midwest Floods

This post by American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder originally appeared on Disastrous floods. We experienced them back in December in the Pacific Northwest. Now, more recently, devastating floodwaters submerged parts of the Midwest. We know that these kinds of rain storms and flooding will become more frequent and severe with global warming. How can… Read more »

Putting climate change politics before people

Yesterday was a sad day for common sense in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives approved an amendment [subscription required] by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) that would keep the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from participating in the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which is helping to ensure that federal agencies are preparing for… Read more »

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… Read more »