A world without rivers

Dry river bed in the Sierra Nevada of CA | Austen Lorenz Imagine a world without rivers. No digging in with your raft paddle as you shoot rapids. No guiding a canoe quietly downstream. No diving into deep river pools or standing in the mist of a waterfall. No casting fly lines into flowing water… Read more »

Hydropower Dams Won’t Fix Warming World

Read a copy of the testimony (PDF) Washington, DC – Hydropower dams aren’t a “silver bullet” when it comes to fighting global warming, and healthy rivers will become increasingly valuable to wildlife and human communities in a warming world, American Rivers said today in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Water and Power Subcommittee. In… Read more »

American Rivers names Portland one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Portland as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. Portland was chosen for its admirable response to sewage and stormwater overflows. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for a changing climate,” comes as… Read more »

Congress Plays Armchair General, Risking Public Safety

As Ronald Regan once said, “There they go again.”  This week the House of Representatives once again threw common sense out the window and put politics in front of people by voting to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Responses to Climate Change Program. This program develops and implements practical, nationally consistent, and… Read more »

Global Warming Hits Home

On my flight from Texas last weekend, I found myself staring out the window. I am not a fan of flying, but gazing down on the world calms me. I trace the rivers as they wind their way across the landscape, trying to identify any dams. On this particular occasion, I was also reminded of… Read more »

New Years Resolutions for Rivers

Good thing that rivers don’t have to lose weight or else this would be pretty boring… In 2009, our rivers will face the same things we all will – a changing climate and a major economic recession, both of which will cause profound social and environmental change. As the climate continues to warm, we’ll see… Read more »

Securing Clean Drinking Water in an Uncertain Future

Floods, droughts, and now cholera? While we know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather, scientists report that this increase in extreme stormwater could “set the stage for a return of cholera to North America.”  Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are often the ones to bear the brunt of… Read more »

Washington State Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Washington In the past few months, a number of states have released plans detailing how they plan to prepare for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, and Pennsylvania so far. Today we’ll look at Washington’s adaptation planning effort. In Washington state, adaptation planning was divided into four topic areas… Read more »

Don’t Suck the Fraser River Dry

Denver Water already sucks 60% of the annual flows from the Fraser River, and they now want to take more: another 15%. Tell Denver that before they take more water, they need to protect the Fraser River. If you see a lost-looking trout walking the streets of downtown Denver in coming weeks, don’t be alarmed…. Read more »