River Restoration Adventure with Sierra Native Youth

Last weekend brought the first snows to the Sierra. Julie and I were lucky to be out in it– at 8000 feet with the Sierra Native Alliance’s Native Youth Conservation Corps. We were at the very headwaters of the Mokelumne River, planting hundreds of willows in the restored portion of Indian Valley. The goals were… Read more »

Dispatch from a shrinking reservoir

Sweat is draining down from under my sun hat, drenching my shirt – and I’m not even working! Simply bobbing along in my bright orange sea kayak, out on a massive, man-made reservoir in the middle of June is enough to wick the hydration straight out of my cells. I had come west from the… Read more »

Senate EPW Committee Takes Important Step Towards Climate Legislation

Washington, DC –– The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today approved the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (S. 1733). The president of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, made the following statement: “The Senate took an important step today towards passing vital climate legislation that will strengthen the economy, protect communities, and secure clean… Read more »

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

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

Extreme Drought And Its Challenges To The US’s Clean Water Supply

U.S. Drought Monitor Map | Richard Heim, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC This summer we have seen and felt the impacts of one of the worst droughts in the last 50 years. As of late June, over 55% of the country was experiencing moderate to extreme drought. The map to the right illustrates the drought’s far-reaching impacts; and while… Read more »

How Much Water Does North Carolina Have?

Late last week Governor Bev Perdue signed House Bill 1743- River Basin Modeling into state law in North Carolina.  This is a critical step forward in determining how we manage water here in NC.  The bill requires that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) develops models for each of the 17 major river basins in NC.  These… Read more »

Policy Reforms That Save Money and Prepare Communities for Climate Change

Weathering Change The recent Mississippi River floods have shown us how profoundly vulnerable we are to extreme weather. The record rains have drowned crops, inundated homes, and ground economic activity to a halt in many places. They’ve created agonizing choices that involve choosing which homes will be ruined and which will be saved. This is… Read more »

State of Preparedness: Wisconsin

Earlier this year, a number of states released plans detailing how they are preparing for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington so far. Today we’ll look at Wisconsin’s adaptation planning effort. Wisconsin’s plan is exceptionally detailed and thorough. It is divided into five main impact areas: Water resources Natural… Read more »

Is there a Connection – Hurricanes and Climate Change?

Satellite photo of Hurricane Sandy on October 29th | NASA GOES project As reports of the devastation from Sandy the “Frankenstorm” continue to come in, and the staggeringly expensive recovery gets under way, I find myself thinking about hurricanes and climate change. While we can’t connect one specific event like Hurricane Sandy to climate change,… Read more »

Water Management Could Become Game of Hardball

Cataract Canyon, Canyonlands National Park © Kyler Carpenter As drought continues to loom over much of the Colorado River Basin reservoir capacities are at critically low levels. With the upcoming year not looking at all well for water users in the basin the questions will turn very quickly to how we will manage this resource through… Read more »