Securing Clean Drinking Water in an Uncertain Future

Floods, droughts, and now cholera? While we know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather, scientists report that this increase in extreme stormwater could “set the stage for a return of cholera to North America.”  Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are often the ones to bear the brunt of… Read more »

Washington State Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Washington In the past few months, a number of states have released plans detailing how they plan to prepare for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, and Pennsylvania so far. Today we’ll look at Washington’s adaptation planning effort. In Washington state, adaptation planning was divided into four topic areas… Read more »

Don’t Suck the Fraser River Dry

Denver Water already sucks 60% of the annual flows from the Fraser River, and they now want to take more: another 15%. Tell Denver that before they take more water, they need to protect the Fraser River. If you see a lost-looking trout walking the streets of downtown Denver in coming weeks, don’t be alarmed…. Read more »

As Flooding Risks Rise, Communities Can Take Steps to Prepare

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness.  This guest post is by Ben Chou, policy analyst at NRDC, as part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC… Read more »

How Sustainable Water Strategies Prepare Communities for a Changing Climate

Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies Prepare Communities for a Changing Climate  Download the Full Report (PDF) Download the Executive Summary (PDF) Learn about the 8 Highlighted Communities Learn about the Model Resilient Community Read Additional Community Profiles International Case Studies   Congressional Briefing on the Report Federal Policy Recommendations Overview of Climate Impacts TAKE ACTION: Help Communities Prepare for a Changing Climate  Watch… Read more »

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 »