Lake Mead Close to the Critical 1075 Elevation

When Lake Mead drops to 1,075ft elevation, The Bureau of Reclamation may reduce water deliveries to Arizona and Nevada. Action and funding is needed now to protect the health of the Colorado River and the Southwest Economy. (Denver) – The 15 year drought gripping the southwestern United States will soon signal increased urgency about the… Read more »

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

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Seattle 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 cost-effective water conservation and efficiency measures. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for a changing climate,” comes as… Read more »

Extra! Extra! Climate Change is here!

It’s official. Climate change is here and it’s high time we did something about it. These are the conclusions from a series of reports released earlier this week by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The three reports focus on the state of climate science and strategies for limiting and adapting to climate change. They find,… Read more »

High Demand for Innovative Water Infrastructure Investment: New Report Details Investment in Green Infrastructure and Water Efficiency

Since the stimulus bill passed almost two years ago, we’ve been closely watching spending of water infrastructure money, specifically the dedicated funding for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmental innovation. Leading up to passage of the stimulus, American Rivers and our partners put together a national ready-to-go list of smart, green infrastructure projects that… Read more »

Pennsylvania Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Pennsylvania 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 and Oregon so far. Today we’ll look at Pennsylvania’s adaptation planning effort. Pennsylvania’s state of preparedness Pennsylvania finished its climate change adaptation plan earlier this… Read more »

Survey Supports Smart Stormwater Rules

Green infrastructure | Credit Sean Foltz Some cities have gone full force in trying to plant more trees, provide incentives for green roofs and use other techniques like rain gardens that cost-effectively reduce polluted stormwater runoff, flooding and sewer overflows. Places like Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Toledo are all investing in these techniques. As more funding… Read more »

Climate Change, controversial? I think not.

Glacier, Torres del Paine, Patagonia Chile | Linda Shaffer, World Resources Institute Last week the Pew Research Center released a poll showing that the number of Americans who believe in climate change, and believe that it is caused by human activity, is growing. Sixty-seven percent of Americans believe climate change has increased over the last… Read more »

Maintenance: It’s Not Just for Your Car

Planting rain gardens with Howard County’s READY program in Maryland | Don Tsusaki, CWP Many of us are familiar with maintenance in some form. Whether it’s getting an oil change for the car or unclogging the sink, if we don’t get around to it, we usually end up paying in the long run. Maintenance for… Read more »

Growing Algal Blooms Pose Public Health Risks

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness. This guest post is by Ben Chou, policy analyst at NRDC, as part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC… Read more »