House Economic Recovery Plan is Big Step Forward for Jobs, Clean Water

Washington, DC — American Rivers today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which will create jobs, put our nation on the path to economic growth, and transform the way we manage clean water and rivers. American Rivers praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and… Read more »

Reforms Needed as Flood Insurance Reauthorization Moves Forward

Washington, DC – Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed a bill reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which affects how tens of thousands of people and our natural environment are protected across the country.  While conservation groups support reauthorizing the NFIP they were critical that the committee failed to pass meaningful reforms needed… Read more »

Senate Passes Flood Insurance Reform

Washington – In a win for public safety, taxpayers, and the environment, the Senate and House today passed critical reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program.  American Rivers has worked for years to reform the program, which has run up a near $20 billion debt to the Federal Treasury, and encouraged destruction of floodplains and… Read more »

Clean Water Losses – State and Federal Protections Declining

  Tell your Senator to reject amendments that cut protection to our clean water. Rivers provide drinking water for two-thirds of all Americans and yet Congress is trying to rollback protections and funding for keeping these very waters clean. Meanwhile, a recent report shows that state protections do not fill this gap. The Clean Water… Read more »

Getting Serious about Climate Change Adaptation

The climate change headlines haven’t been very encouraging lately. Climate and energy legislation is going nowhere fast in Congress. While the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive bill last June, the Senate has been unable to secure the votes for a similar bill. Efforts by Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman stalled last… Read more »

Meadow Restoration Tools

Erosion in Indian Valley, CA | Luke Hunt Meadow restoration is an important part of American Rivers’ work to safeguard California’s clean water at the headwaters, in the Sierra Nevada.  During the last five years, American Rivers has collaborated with academic, agency, nonprofit and foundation partners to develop tools to improve our knowledge of meadows… Read more »

Preparing for Climate Change: Massachusetts

 Earlier this fall, Massachusetts released its Climate Change Adaptation Report. Following in the footsteps of many other states, such as Wisconsin, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, Massachusetts’ report analyzes strategies to adapt to a changing climate across many sectors from natural resources to infrastructure and the economy. The Adaptation Report is organized in two parts;… Read more »

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 »

What’s the biggest flood in history? The one that floods you.

I started writing this blog with the intention of talking about the biggest floods in United States history. But it quickly became a harder task when I tried to figure out how to measure the “biggest” flood. Is it by the amount of water? The most land covered? The most lives lost? The most property destroyed?… Read more »

Governor Inslee Proclaims Strong Support For The Yakima Integrated Plan

Yakima River, WA | Michael Garrity Last Thursday, new Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee appeared before a photo of the Yakima River at his weekly press conference to announce his first legislative action:  Introducing a bill to the state legislature (HB 1414) calling for state funding and implementation of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan in… Read more »