Growing Green Roofs in Triad

The Piedmont Triad Green Roof Symposium was a great start to develop more green roofs to curb stormwater runoff in North Carolina. Sitting in the foothills of North Carolina, the Triad- Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point- has been reinventing itself as a transportation and logistics hub after the decline of the tobacco and textile industries…. Read more »

Because There Is No Substitute For Water

This blog was originally written for Zócalo Public Square. Seattle, Washington has been a leader in water conservation by reducing water usage, while increasing their population | © Sam Teigen It is doubtful that the sorts of technological advances that have deferred or mitigated (but not resolved) world shortages of food and oil will do… Read more »

New Green Infrastructure Plan

Trinity Church green roof in Milwaukee, WI | © Mike Jozwik Just recently, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Commission approved a new Regional Green Infrastructure Plan for their service area. American Rivers played a role in helping the lead consultants CH2M HILL and CDM SMITH in some of the planning efforts. The plan calls for… Read more »

Why Should I Care About the Cost of Tap Water?

This is a guest blog from Jennifer Walker, the Water Resources Coordinator for the Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter. Jennifer works primarily on the Texas Living Water Project, which is a joint project between the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation to transform the way we manage and allocate our water to better preserve the… Read more »

A New Path for Infrastructure

Green roofs are one of the tools American Rivers uses to help manage stormwater runoff | © Etera American Rivers has been working for years to help create a vision for a new normal for infrastructure in this country. The rapid growth in populations across many cities has put a huge burden on the aging… Read more »

President Obama Outlines Bold Vision For Fighting Climate Change

Learn about rivers and climate change at http://www.americanrivers.org/initiatives/climate/ Washington – President Obama today outlined a series of proposals for combating climate change, including reducing carbon pollution and helping communities prepare for more severe floods, droughts, and other impacts of climate change. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “Fighting climate change is… Read more »

Urban Rivers of Life

This is a guest blog from Tim Beatley. Tim is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Biophilic Cities Project. Belle Isle, James River, VA | © Tim Beatley There are few natural features as important as rivers and streams in defining cities, in shaping sense… Read more »

Seeing Water Differently

This post was orginially published on Inspiring Solutions. Water is much more then just pipes, streams, and the oceans! | © Katherine Baer I knew something was wrong when my daughter made a drawing showing water as some mix of “pipes,” “streams,” and the “ocean” – where were the fish, birds and trees? But it… Read more »

Climate Change Threatens the Great Outdoors

Paddling on the Verde River Blue Trail, AZ | Doug Von Gausig Summertime. The perfect time to be outside, enjoying endless rays of sunshine, running barefoot, splashing in cool water and drinking lemonade. I often picture, as I sit in my cubicle, the adventures I could set off on – hiking deep into the woods,… Read more »

What Happened with WRDA

Water Resources Development Act passed this week by an overwhelming margin. Luckily, there are some points that will benefit rivers and public safety. The Senate wrapped up debate on S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act this week and passed the bill by an overwhelming margin of 83-14. As I mentioned previously, the Senate bill… Read more »