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 »

Early Successes on Chicago and Roanoke Rivers

It has been an exciting couple of weeks since the release of our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™!  Things seem to be looking up for the Chicago and Roanoke Rivers.  While both rivers still have a ways to go, I wanted to share with you the recent developments. Chicago River The week prior… Read more »

Flood the Hill Week! Call your Senators!

Take Action to Keep Communities Safefrom Floods   Call your Senators today and askthem to pass theFlood Insurance Modernizationand Reform Act. Keep communities safe from floods. Call your Senators today: ask them to pass The Flood Insurance Modernization and Reform Act. At American Rivers we are constantly talking about how climate change will lead to more… Read more »

Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011

Today, Representative Donna Edwards (D-Md.) introduced the ‘Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011’ to the House.  This bill will help communities manage polluted runoff using smarter stormwater management strategies that protect clean water, save money, and improve livability, while also helping to reduce localized flooding. Green infrastructure approaches, from permeable pavement to rain… Read more »

Healthy Rivers mean Healthy Lakes at Great Lakes Day

Some of you may have seen some of my tweets or one of the American Rivers retweets sent during the initial meetings of this years Great Lakes day [PDF] hosted by the Healing Our Waters coalition, of which we’re a proud member. Members of the coalition are coming into Washington D.C. from around the Great Lakes to… Read more »

Infrastructure Investment – Just Add Water

My two-year old nephew is way into all things fire fighter, fire hose, fire truck, etc. etc. and now I can add sustainable fire station to the list. Last month I visited Raleigh, North Carolina Fire Station #6, where city, state and federal officials were celebrating a successful investment of “green reserve” funding from the… Read more »

Lake Erie in Serious Trouble

Since 2004, studies have shown that the algae problem in Lake Erie has been slowly getting worse with last year being the worst year on record.  The algae, which usually stayed in Maumee Bay and the Western Basin of Lake Erie had now spread into the Central Basin and past Cleveland.  People who live and… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers of 2011 Announced Today!

Presenting our much awaited…yearly exposé of rivers on the brink… America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011! We have a crucial list of rivers compiled for this year, with threats ranging from natural gas development to flooding to mining to disgusting water pollution. It is all on the list! For the second year in a row,… Read more »

Oil Spill Reminds Us of the Importance of Our Great Waters

As oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico from the devastating BP spill, the connection between clean waters, communities, and healthy wildlife becomes clear. Images of oil soaked brown pelicans, fishermen with no fish to catch, and beachgoers sharing the sand with cleanup crews fill our newspapers and present us with the inescapable… Read more »

Protecting Clean Water in Washington, One Permit (or Three) at a Time

Do your eyes glaze over immediately at the word “permit”? Although they might not be the most stimulating of conversation starters, Clean Water Act permits are critical to the protection and restoration of clean rivers, lakes, and streams. By setting limits for what can be released into our waterways, these permits essentially act as the… Read more »