California Rain Welcome, But Likely Too Little Too Late

Click graph to enlarge | © UC San-Diego Center-for Western Weather and Weather Extremes Much of California is expected to receive rain over coming days from a series of storms lined up over the Pacific. However, it is unlikely to make a significant contribution to the overall drought situation. California is dependent on the snowpack… Read more »

California Climate Change Funding Excludes Mountain Communities

In California, millions of dollars in state water and climate change funding is dispersed to disadvantaged communities (DACs). For example, an estimated $420 million of the 2014 water bond would support clean water for DACs and $200 million in carbon cap and trade revenues will be allocated to projects benefitting DACs. With hundreds of millions… Read more »

Water and Climate Change: Solutions on the Yakima River

The New York Times recently ran a story (Drought is Bearing Fruit for Washington Wineries) quoting Michael Garrity of American Rivers. Michael talked about how a plan for the Yakima River is a model for conservation. He said, “The Yakima Plan shows how we move forward through the reality of climate change and ensure reliable… Read more »

The Hydrologic Regimes They Are A-Changin’

This is the second blog in a series that describes ongoing strategies and activities undertaken by members of the Upper Flint River Working Group. Part Two describes lessons learned from a recent workshop hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society on climate change adaptation and building a ‘climate informed’ conservation project.

American Rivers Applauds House for Passing Critical Climate Legislation

Washington DC — American Rivers today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454 and vowed to continue to work to strengthen the bill when it is considered by the U.S. Senate. American Rivers stressed the importance of including so-called “adaptation measures” that will help communities… Read more »

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

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Grand Junction 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 embrace of healthy rivers as social, economic and recreational amenities. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for… Read more »

EPA Confirms Milwaukee as a Leader on Green Infrastructure

Milwaukee is at the forefront of cities working to truly integrate green infrastructure into their water infrastructure, which also helps with climate adaptation. American Rivers works with the City and our partners at the Sweet Water Trust to help achieve Milwaukee’s green vision. Recently EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited Milwaukee to commend the City’s good work… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Helps Manage Runoff, Reduce Flood Damages

Just a few months ago the Susquehanna and Delaware basins in Pennsylvania were sustaining the worst flooding since record-breaking Hurricane Agnes hit in ’72. Today, the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Patriot News reports that the Susquehanna is recording levels that match record drought years of 1910 and 1946. Extreme conditions define climate change and require adaptation practices…. Read more »

Our Capitol Hill Briefing on Climate Change

It’s been a big week for American Rivers and our work to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change. Last Thursday we released a new report, Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies are Preparing Communities for a Changing Climate, which details solutions that have already been implemented across the country and are making… Read more »

Supporting Agricultural Conservation Programs

The intensification of farming has artificially drained and compacted the land increasing flooding throughout the nation.  In fact, runoff from farms is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes and is a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia problem. Although these challenges are real, the conservation programs under NRCS continue… Read more »