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 »

Fiscal Cliff Spending Cuts Threaten Rivers and Clean Water

McKenzie River, OR | Andorus [Excerpt from Bob's article on Huffington Post] There’s a lot of attention being paid to the “fiscal cliff” that is due at the end of the year. Unless President Obama and Congress reach a deal before the end of the year to avert taking the nation over the fiscal cliff,… Read more »

Experts Support EPA Finding of Potential Danger with Pebble Mine

Bear in Bristol Bay waters | Bob Waldrop Protecting the country’s most special natural places is often a very challenging prospect, especially when those places overlap with resources that society deems particularly valuable. This is the case in Bristol Bay, which was highlighted on American Rivers’ 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. In a… Read more »

Thankful for the Postcard Underground

A welcome surprise from Postcard Underground | Katherine Baer Remember how great it was to get a letter in the mail back in the day when people wrote letters? Well, imagine my great surprise when I received not one, but a stack of postcards in the mail addressed to me at American Rivers a couple… Read more »

Thanksgiving: A River Runs Through It

A holiday blog from our Communications Intern, Johannes Dreisbach. Painting of the first Thanksgiving | U.S. New Zealand Embassy Happy Thanksgiving!  The big day is finally here, and you’re probably excitedly waiting for (or frantically preparing) an enormous feast.  Surely you will be covering your table with Thanksgiving staples such as cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, pumpkin… Read more »

Infrastructure at the Forefront in Disasters

Wastewater treatment plant in New York It can be easy to forget just how important our water infrastructure can be, until a catastrophic event like Hurricane Sandy comes along and knocks these systems out of commission. Some coastal areas experienced massive wastewater treatment plant failures, causing untreated sewage to flow into nearby rivers, and people… Read more »

Managing Stormwater in Redevelopment and Greenfield Development Projects Using Green Infrastructure

Clean water and healthy communities go hand in hand. Urban areas are increasingly using green infrastructure to create multiple benefits for their communities. However, there have been questions whether strong stormwater standards could unintentionally deter urban redevelopment and shift development to environmentally damaging sprawl. Working with Smart Growth America, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, River… Read more »

This Election Matters for Rivers

Pledge to Vote Clean Water Take the pledge to vote clean water » Americans value clean water and healthy rivers. Clean water consistently ranks as the top environmental concern among American voters, according to Gallup. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a blue state or a red state, or whether you’re a Democrat or… Read more »

The Clean Water Act: Preserving the Past and Improving the Future

This is a guest blog from one of our conservation interns Ryan Cook Gulf Branch stream, Arlington, VA | Ryan Cook When you’re growing up everything seems bigger.  In elementary school I played in the Gulf Branch stream in Arlington, overlooking the Potomac River.  My younger self treated the largest pool as a veritable lagoon,… Read more »

A Tribute To National Parks

This is a guest blog from our conservation intern Dan Hermes. Soda Butte Creek, Yellowstone, WY | Dan Hermes As I trek through the tall grass of the high country, I peer off in the distance to see golden plains filled with bison and mountains of epic proportions in the background. The sweet scent of… Read more »