Obama Transition Team Receives American Rivers’ Recommendations

We are facing an unprecedented opportunity to significantly transform our country’s approach to water. Last week, American Rivers presented “Clean Water and Healthy Communities: Recommendations to the Obama Administration” to the President-elect’s transition team. The document outlines overarching themes and recommendations for the new Administration and details specific ideas for water agencies and issue areas. Back… Read more »

American Rivers Responds to Georgia Study on Water Supply and Drought

Atlanta, GA — American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today commended the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for promoting water efficiency as the first source of supply in its recently released study, “Georgia Inventory and Survey of Feasible Sites for Water Supply Reservoirs.”  The study notes that, “consideration should first be given to conservation… Read more »

Check out our new report on Green Infrastructure in Karst Regions

American Rivers has a new report out, Using Green Infrastructure in Karst Regions. The report demonstrates how green infrastructure can be successfully applied in areas with karst topography. Karst topography is made up of soluble bedrock that can easily erode when it comes in contact with water and can be found in areas including the… Read more »

Flooding and Raw Sewage

We just released American Rivers eight point flood response agenda as recovery from the devastating midwest floods begins. As my colleague Will Hewes reports, sewage treatment is yet another flooding casualty: The flood waters that devastated the Midwest last month have receded, and the long process of recovery is underway. While the news headlines have… 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 »

Hydropower Dams Won’t Fix Warming World

Read a copy of the testimony (PDF) Washington, DC – Hydropower dams aren’t a “silver bullet” when it comes to fighting global warming, and healthy rivers will become increasingly valuable to wildlife and human communities in a warming world, American Rivers said today in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Water and Power Subcommittee. In… 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 »

Global Warming Hits Home

On my flight from Texas last weekend, I found myself staring out the window. I am not a fan of flying, but gazing down on the world calms me. I trace the rivers as they wind their way across the landscape, trying to identify any dams. On this particular occasion, I was also reminded of… Read more »