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 »

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 »

Searching for Steelhead in San Francisquito

Searsch for Steelhead, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © Kerri McLean My search for steelhead on San Francisquito Creek yesterday didn’t yield any fish, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Despite a major ongoing drought in California, we were lucky enough to have one significant rain event in Northern California a couple weeks ago. A portion… Read more »

New Climate Resilience Opportunities for River Communities

Culvert Failure | Tom Maguire, MA DEP President Obama made some big announcements this week about actions the Administration is taking to help communities and states prepare for the impacts of climate change. These steps aren’t going to stop climate change or prevent all flood damages, but they are a huge step in the right… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Proposed to Clean the Susquehanna

Susquehanna Reading Railroad Bridge | Jayme Frye The Susquehanna River, the Chesapeake Bay’s largest tributary will be a little cleaner as a result of last week’s agreement amongst the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Harrisburg and the authority that manages the area’s stormwater, drinking water and wastewater,… 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 »

American Rivers names Augusta, ME one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC — American Rivers today named Augusta, Maine as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The city was chosen for its improvement of river health following the removal of Edwards Dam.  The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for… Read more »