Weathering Change: Policy Reforms that Cost Less and Make Communities Safer

Weathering Change: Policy Reforms that Cost Less and Make Communities Safer  Download the Full Report (PDF)  Download the Executive Summary (PDF)    Download individual chapters 1. National Flood Insurance Program 2. Farm Policy 3. Bureau of Reclamation 4. Energy Policy 5. Clean Water Act 6. Water Resources Development Policy 7. Clean Water and Drinking Water… Read more »

Because There Is No Substitute For Water

This blog was originally written for Zócalo Public Square. Seattle, Washington has been a leader in water conservation by reducing water usage, while increasing their population | © Sam Teigen It is doubtful that the sorts of technological advances that have deferred or mitigated (but not resolved) world shortages of food and oil will do… Read more »

Snail Darter Politics

Little Tennessee River | © USFWS, Southeast As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for survival. And, as predictably as water flows downstream, these politicians are looking for oddly-named… Read more »

Help Thank Our Wild and Scenic River Champions

Sen. Murray and Congressman Reichert at press event after introducing legislation | Thomas O’Keefe Last November I wrote about what gratitude meant to me and how I would be forever grateful if Congress were to pass legislation for new Wild and Scenic River designations for Washington State. Well…the River Gods must have been listening! In… 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 »