Congressman Polis Acts to Save Rivers

Washington – Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) took a bold step today to protect rivers in Colorado and across the nation by removing his support for H.R. 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act.” The House of Representatives will vote on the bill on Thursday. The bill, which is being pushed by the National Ski Areas… Read more »

Investing in a Drought Resilient Future

Last Thursday Governor Brown announced a farsighted $1 Billion dollar drought relief plan for California, but the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. The Governor is absolutely right to be thinking ahead about flood: The epic ten-year Australian drought ended with the two biggest flood years on record. Below is… Read more »

Climate Security Act Protects Rivers and Communities

Washington, DC – American Rivers today urged the Senate to strengthen and pass the Boxer-Lieberman-Warner Substitute to the Climate Security Act (S. 3036), a bill that would significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gases and increase investments that will help rivers and communities be more resilient in the face of climate change. Read the letter, signed by Rebecca… Read more »

American Rivers names Augusta, ME one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Augusta, Maine 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 improvement of river health following the removal of Edwards Dam.  The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for… Read more »

Don’t let the Upper Colorado and Fraser Rivers dry up

Last week American Rivers released the 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.  Rivers that were not on the list but certainly fit the bill are the Upper Colorado River and the Fraser River. The Fraser River is no stranger to the Most Endangered Rivers list, it was number three on the list in 2005. … Read more »

Global Warming in the Great Lakes

I know that global warming is big and bad and will reshape our world – but for me, it really becomes tangible when I can understand how it will affect specific places. As Gary wrote last week, the Great Lakes are one of those places where we work and that inspire a great sense of… Read more »

Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, brewed a cup of tea and made a bowl of oatmeal, filled my iron and pressed my clothes, washed my dishes, got ready for work and went to the office. With the exception of turning off the faucet as I was brushing, and being… 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 »

Water Efficiency, Not Desalination, for Water Supply

Could water from an under-regulated desalination plant in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula provide an alternative water source to portions of Southern California? That is exactly what might happen as water agencies supplying San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson look for new ways to provide water to compensate for the loss of 20% of… Read more »