Getting Climate Smart

A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action Download the Executive Summary Download Full Report Download the Strategy Toolbox Watch the Webinar Download the Webinar Slides In recent years, a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms have wreaked havoc in the United States. As carbon pollution continues to… Read more »

Colorado River Basin Study Overview

Colorado River, AZ, CO, NV, UT faces low water levels at the Hoover Dam | vnvlain In December 2012, the Bureau of Reclamation released the Colorado River Basin Study, a comprehensive look at projected water shortages and outdated water management in a basin that the American west has drawn heavily on for decades. The study… Read more »

New Federal Guidelines for Water Projects Give Overdue Recognition of Need for New Approach

Washington – American Rivers today welcomed the release of the Obama Administration’s updated federal guidelines for water infrastructure investments. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “The new guidelines are a long overdue recognition that the old ways of treating our nation’s rivers are insufficient for the demands of the 21st century.  The old… Read more »

Taking Control: Managing Your Stormwater Runoff Contribution

Yuba River, CA | Jacob Dyste The challenges facing our rivers today are daunting; and frequently the solutions are equally so. Dam removal, floodplain restoration, and political maneuvering to protect wild and scenic rivers are not solutions that an everyday river enthusiast can relate to. Even as a professional in river conservation, the road forward… Read more »

Sewage Right To Know – What’s In Your Water?

Katherine Baer When there’s a sewage overflow or spill into your local creek or swimming hole, wouldn’t you want to know about it? Well, in some places where there’s good monitoring and notification people do get this information about sewage overflows and can make their own choices about where and when to swim and play… Read more »

City of Atlanta moving ahead with Green Infrastructure

Citizen Advisory Committee members looking over the City’s new green infrastructure plan | Jenny Hoffner Atlanta is known for being a city of trees and lush green landscapes.  At the same time, it is also known for being a congested sprawling metropolis with plenty of pavement and related stormwater problems and water supply issues.  Well,… 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 »

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 »

Rebuilding Better in New York

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, NY | Andrea Booher, FEMA Soon after Hurricane Sandy hit, devastating much of the Northeast, politicians and experts took to the press to urge the government to help communities rebuild “better”. But what exactly does rebuilding “better” mean? American Rivers offered some basic suggestions: Rebuild in the right… Read more »

It’s Time To Act, Mr. President

Stormwater in Washington, DC | Lynnette Batt As I noted in my blog earlier this week, both the Obama Administration and Members of Congress have been paying more attention to climate change since the Inauguration and the start of the 113th Congress, and it only took a few billion-dollar events to get their full attention…. Read more »