Green Infrastructure Will Save Millions and Clean Water: EPA Agrees With Philadelphia’s Plan

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson was in Philadelphia to endorse the city’s long-term plan to address sewer overflows from the city’s water management system. The plan, “Green City, Clean Water,” proposes green infrastructure to complement the existing ‘gray’ infrastructure system of pipes and treatment facilities. For Philadelphia this will mean wide spread… Read more »

Missouri River Flooding – time to end the blame game

2011 has been an extreme year for flooding events across the nation.  However, a few key factors made the Missouri River different from the flooding in other parts of the country.  First, the combination of massive spring rains on top of thaw of heavy snowpack in the plains and mountains approximately doubled the historic record for… Read more »

Putting climate change politics before people

Yesterday was a sad day for common sense in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives approved an amendment [subscription required] by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) that would keep the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from participating in the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which is helping to ensure that federal agencies are preparing for… Read more »

Supporting Agricultural Conservation Programs

The intensification of farming has artificially drained and compacted the land increasing flooding throughout the nation.  In fact, runoff from farms is the leading source of impairments to surveyed rivers and lakes and is a major contributor to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia problem. Although these challenges are real, the conservation programs under NRCS continue… Read more »

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… Read more »

Native Youth Restore Headwaters

Hope Valley, CA | Sierra Native Alliance On Sunday, Native youth from the Sierra foothills and American Rivers’ staff got into the mud and planted hundreds of willows along an eroding stretch of Wolf Creek. Wolf Creek is the most recent in an 8-month series of teaching and restoration projects we have worked on with the… Read more »

Weathering Change: Policy Reforms that Cost Less and Make Communities Safer

Weathering Change: Policy Reforms that Cost Less and Make Communities Safer  Download the Full Report (PDF)  Download the Executive Summary (PDF)    Download individual chapters 1. National Flood Insurance Program 2. Farm Policy 3. Bureau of Reclamation 4. Energy Policy 5. Clean Water Act 6. Water Resources Development Policy 7. Clean Water and Drinking Water… Read more »

Sierra Meadows from the Air

Aerial view of Indian Valley Meadow restoration, CA with Google overlay On a recent flight from Reno, NV to Los Angeles, CA I saw not one, but three of our meadow restoration project sites out the window of the plane! It was awesome, especially because each meadow is located in a different watershed and the… Read more »

Settlement secures key protections for Catawba-Wateree rivers, ends legal stalemate

  Columbia, S.C. – American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced a settlement agreement with Duke Energy and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that includes important protections for the Catawba and Wateree rivers and imperiled fish and wildlife. The agreement ends a legal… Read more »

With new thinking, flood control projects can ease drought

Originally printed as an Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee. Levees along the San Joaquin River | Sarah Craig Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature announced a $1.1 billion drought relief plan for California. But the $660 million allocated for flood management had many observers scratching their heads. We believe that this money could actually enhance water… Read more »