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 »

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 »

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 »