Greening Water Infrastructure

21st century solutions to protect clean water, health, and public safety Sewage overflows. Leaky pipes. Failing levees. Unsafe dams. America’s water infrastructure is woefully outdated, and communities across the country are feeling the impacts. American Rivers is leading the effort to transform our nation’s water infrastructure – our drinking water, wastewater, stormwater systems, and our dams and… 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 »

American Rivers Applauds House for Passing Critical Climate Legislation

Washington DC — American Rivers today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454 and vowed to continue to work to strengthen the bill when it is considered by the U.S. Senate. American Rivers stressed the importance of including so-called “adaptation measures” that will help communities… Read more »

American Rivers names Grand Junction one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Grand Junction 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 embrace of healthy rivers as social, economic and recreational amenities. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for… Read more »

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 »

Green Infrastructure Helps Manage Runoff, Reduce Flood Damages

Just a few months ago the Susquehanna and Delaware basins in Pennsylvania were sustaining the worst flooding since record-breaking Hurricane Agnes hit in ’72. Today, the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Patriot News reports that the Susquehanna is recording levels that match record drought years of 1910 and 1946. Extreme conditions define climate change and require adaptation practices…. Read more »