Report to the President outlines new direction for climate change adaptation

Last week the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force released a groundbreaking report that outlines recommendations for preparing the federal government and the nation for a changing climate. The report does a great job of laying out the federal role in this process. It recognizes that adaptation has to happen primarily at the local and state… Read more »

It’s Time To Act, Mr. President

Stormwater in Washington, DC | Lynnette Batt As I noted in my blog earlier this week, both the Obama Administration and Members of Congress have been paying more attention to climate change since the Inauguration and the start of the 113th Congress, and it only took a few billion-dollar events to get their full attention…. Read more »

Getting Climate Smart!

US Drought Monitor map illustrates the expansive drought conditions | © David Miskus, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC Last year, drought wreaked havoc across more than 65% of the country. Wildfires blazed through 9.2 million acres of the west, crops suffered across the Midwest and 2012 topped out as the hottest year on record. While the fall and winter… Read more »

President Obama Tours Drought-Stricken California

The drought in California has left rivers and reservoirs dry. Putting water supplies at risk | © Stuart Rankin President Obama visited California to see firsthand how the state is suffering from the worst drought in decades and to announce federal assistance. Flying in on Air Force One, the President could see that despite recent… Read more »

Ushering in a new era of conservation

This article is a joint opinion piece co-authored by Tom Vilsack and Matt Rice. Tom Vilsack serves as the 30th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Matt Rice is the director of the Colorado River Basin Program for American Rivers. This article was first published in the Sante Fe New Mexican. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack… Read more »

New Climate Change Standard Can Help Restore Rivers

Culvert failure | Tom Maguire MA DEP Last week the Obama Administration followed through with another promise from the President’s Climate Action Plan– to require federal agencies to update their flood risk reduction standards to increase resilience to climate change. By establishing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard the Administration will not only make sure… Read more »

New Salmon Plan Fails to Address Effects of Dams, Global Warming

View global warming map (PDF) WASHINGTON, DC – Today a coalition of environmental and fishing organizations, including American Rivers, sued the National Marine Fisheries Service over the 2008 Biological Opinion, or Salmon Plan, on the Columbia and Snake river dams. The new Salmon Plan is the third attempt by NMFS in eight years to submit a… Read more »

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

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Soldier’s Grove, Wisconsin as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The town was chosen for its cost-effective natural flood protection measures. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for a changing climate,” comes… Read more »