Short-Term Climate Solutions (circumventing a stubborn U.S. Senate)

Following the announcement that the Senate will likely not pass a climate bill this year, there has been understandable concern from many that we’re headed for some potentially devastating impacts to our communities and water supplies as temperatures rise. Well, as if to answer that hopeless tone, a group called the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP)… Read more »

Water Efficiency, Not Desalination, for Water Supply

Could water from an under-regulated desalination plant in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula provide an alternative water source to portions of Southern California? That is exactly what might happen as water agencies supplying San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson look for new ways to provide water to compensate for the loss of 20% of… Read more »

The Climate Conversation Continues

KP Tripathi Earlier this week, President Obama continued reinvigorating the debate on climate change during his State of the Union: “But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change… We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the… Read more »

Floods, Droughts and Agriculture

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. Please join us for a one-hour webinar on May 14 at 3pm EDT, where we’ll provide highlights from our new guide and state officials from California… Read more »

Upper Flint River Working Group

Click to enlarge As part of our work to restore and protect the upper Flint River in west-central Georgia, American Rivers has convened the Upper Flint River Working Group since the summer of 2013. The Working Group’s meetings and site visits throughout the basin have provided an open forum regarding the challenges facing the river… Read more »

A Clean Delaware River: Green Infrastructure Investments in Philadelphia

This blog was co-written by Liz G. Deardorff and Stacey Detwiler. A green street in Philadelphia reduces stormwater runoff which lowers the impact on combined sewer overflows in the Delaware River watershed | © Bureau of Laboratory Services, Michele Adams The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded almost $5 million dollars to academic research… Read more »

House passes bill that will harm rivers nationwide

Washington – The House of Representatives voted today to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. HR 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” passed 238-174. “This bill is terrible news for rivers nationwide. It puts the interests of the oil and gas industry,  corporate… Read more »

Groundwater Loss: The Colorado River’s Unseen Threat

Colorado River, S. Kaibab Trail | Bailey Kennett I’ll never forget my first encounter with the Colorado River: I was hiking down the South Kaibab Trail of the Grand Canyon, amazed at how the setting sun colored the canyon walls, when suddenly the River came into view and the panorama changed entirely.  In that moment… Read more »

How the Ski Industry Could Sell Off Your Rivers to the Highest Bidder

Ski industry association wants to auction off water from your rivers. What that means for you. Tell your Senators to stop the ski industry from trying to sell our rivers to the highest bidder. As the snow melts, the National Ski Areas Association turned their attention, once again, to waiving the Endangered Species Act, making… Read more »

A Story From the South Carolina Flooding

Predictions of more frequent and more extreme storms are no longer a theoretical debate for climate scientists: we are living it. Here’s one personal account of Hurricane Joaquin.