Moving beyond the “Is hydropower green?” question

 There has been a recent flurry of news about hydropower and whether it should be considered a “green” source of power. Grist’s Ask Umbra column featured a discussion about whether a hydro project on one’s backyard stream is a sustainable way to generate power for home energy purposes. In a piece about dams in the… Read more »

Climate change causing many rivers worldwide to shrink

(Washington, DC) Many of the world’s rivers are losing water and in many cases, climate change is to blame, according to the findings of a new global study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The results, to be published May 15 in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate, also reveal that future food… Read more »

Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods

Increasing Flood Risk in a Changing Climate The impacts of our changing climate are becoming more apparent every day. In the first decade of the new millennium, extreme rainfall events, combined with changes in land use, have resulted in an increase in flood events and in an increase in annual flood losses from $6 billion… Read more »

Unnatural Disasters, Natural Solutions: Lessons from the Flooding of New Orleans

Executive Summary The images are seared into our memories. As Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, the long-ignored warnings about the inadequacy of New Orleans’ defenses came shockingly, vividly alive. The flooding of New Orleans that followed was a tragic and appalling disaster. But it was not a natural disaster. Poor project planning, flawed project design, misplaced… Read more »

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 America’s water infrastructure is woefully outdated, and communities across the country are feeling the impacts.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 »

Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast

Read the Full Report Executive Summary The Southeast United States faces unprecedented challenges to its water supply. Growing populations and the impacts of climate change are putting new strains on communities and their rivers. Our local leaders are facing the pressing question of how to ensure a clean, reliable water supply for current and future generations. Traditionally,… Read more »

Protected Floodplains, Protected Communities

The 2008 Midwest floods are still fresh in many minds, especially those communities directly impacted. The communities affected have hard decisions to make, decisions about how to prepare for the next big flood, how to protect themselves from it and how to move on. One such community is Gays Mills, Wisconsin, which is nestled in… Read more »

New Years Resolutions for Rivers

Good thing that rivers don’t have to lose weight or else this would be pretty boring… In 2009, our rivers will face the same things we all will – a changing climate and a major economic recession, both of which will cause profound social and environmental change. As the climate continues to warm, we’ll see… Read more »