The Clean Water Act Through The Generations: Generation Y Series

How has the Clean Water Act impacted your life? For those of us who weren’t alive when the Clean Water Act was passed into law in 1972, we interpret this law through the eyes of Generation Y. Having fun at a National River Cleanup event | American Rivers Leading an 8 person boat, listening to the… Read more »

Celebrating 40 Years of Clean Water Protections

Happy 40th Birthday, Clean Water Act! Deer Creek, CA | Leon Turnbull Forty years ago, one of our fundamental laws safeguarding our health and the health of our environment was passed into law with bipartisan support. The Clean Water Act revolutionized the way we thought about water pollution — making discharges into waters illegal unless… Read more »

Greener Landscapes For A Healthier Chesapeake Bay in 2013

Susquehanna River, PA | Jayme Frye Green infrastructure investments are one of the few spotlights in the State of the Bay report released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) for the New Year. Promotion and support of green infrastructure solutions for managing stormwater is also identified in the Action Plan [PDF] for federal resource agencies… Read more »

Two Special Southern Oregon Creeks

Today’s guest blog about the #8 Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Zachary Collier, owner of the Northwest Rafting Company in Hood River, Oregon.  Zachary is an avid paddler working on a multi-year project to document the wild area in and around the Kalmiopsis… Read more »

Urban Rivers of Life

This is a guest blog from Tim Beatley. Tim is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Biophilic Cities Project. Belle Isle, James River, VA | © Tim Beatley There are few natural features as important as rivers and streams in defining cities, in shaping sense… Read more »

Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding

Laying down porous pavers in the General Mills parking lot helps the facility reduce their stormwater fees. American Rivers completed retrofitting over 12 acres of impervious surface in the Wilson Park Creek Subwatershed. One of the projects was a 4,987 square foot roof at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s building at 4707 S. 13th St…. Read more »

Coal Ash Contamination on Catawba Increases

Today’s update blog about the #5 Catawba River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Catawba Riverkeeper, a non-profit citizens group formed and committed to protecting one of North and South Carolina’s most precious resources, the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. Catawba River, NC| Jeff Cravotta Tell the North Carolina Department of Environment… Read more »

How Creatively Can You Interpret Water Quality Data?

Check out the this fun animated video about Portage River water quality testing put together by the students at Eastwood Middle School. Eastwood Middle School students put their creative thinking caps on when they put together a five minute video using GoAnimate to explain their October water quality testing results for the Portage River in… Read more »

A River Bill More Popular Than Beer

North Fork Flathead River, MT | © Scott Bosse It’s a rare event these days when the two major political parties in Congress can lay down their swords and agree on anything. For the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a pro-conservation bill by unanimous consent is almost unimaginable. Yet that’s exactly what happened earlier… Read more »

Weakening a Critical Backstop Protection for Public Health, Clean Rivers

Coastal Wetlands, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, MA | © US Fish and Wildlife Refuge A scarcely used, yet critical provision of the Clean Water Act provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the ability to stop the most devastating projects that would have unacceptable adverse impacts to our drinking water supplies, shellfish and fishery… Read more »