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 America’s water infrastructure is woefully outdated, and communities across the country are feeling the impacts.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

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 »