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 »

Stopping Sewage Overflows

Don’t you just hate it when… there’s raw sewage in your local rivers? Unfortunately, this is the case all too often with over 850 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage flowing into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, of which American Rivers is a member, recently… 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 »

Short-Term Climate Solutions (circumventing a stubborn U.S. Senate)

Following the announcement that the Senate will likely not pass a climate bill this year, there has been understandable concern from many that we’re headed for some potentially devastating impacts to our communities and water supplies as temperatures rise. Well, as if to answer that hopeless tone, a group called the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP)… 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 »

Bill to Add Wind Coverage to the National Flood Insurance Program Was Pulled from the House Floor Today

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives opted not to vote on the “Multiple Peril Insurance Act of 2009” (H.R. 1264) which would have expanded the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to include coverage for windstorms. American Rivers and National Wildlife Federation were joined by conservation, taxpayer, consumer and insurance organizations in opposing… 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 »

Getting Serious about Climate Change Adaptation

The climate change headlines haven’t been very encouraging lately. Climate and energy legislation is going nowhere fast in Congress. While the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive bill last June, the Senate has been unable to secure the votes for a similar bill. Efforts by Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman stalled last… Read more »

Reforms Needed as Flood Insurance Reauthorization Moves Forward

Washington, DC – Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed a bill reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which affects how tens of thousands of people and our natural environment are protected across the country.  While conservation groups support reauthorizing the NFIP they were critical that the committee failed to pass meaningful reforms needed… Read more »

Green Infrastructure as Modern Art: Sustaining Our Cities

My colleague Stacey was intrigued after hearing a piece on about the nexus of modern art and sustainable urban design. She writes: Barry Bergdoll, the a curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, discussed a new exhibit called “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront,”which brings artists and architects together to present their solutions… Read more »