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 »

HR3189 Sucks Rivers Dry – Here’s Why You Should Care

Dry river beds like this could be even more common if HR 3189 gets passed In Colorado and the arid West states, water rights are like property rights. They can be bought, sold or even leased. When someone holds the right to water, they know they are permitted a specific amount of water to use… Read more »

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 »

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 »