Green Infrastructure in the Government

On Tuesday, the EPA finally released guidance on Sec. 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Yes, 2007. This section  of the law states: “The sponsor of any development or redevelopment project involving a Federal facility with a footprint that exceeds 5,000 square feet shall use site planning, design, construction, and maintenance strategies… Read more »

Help protect the Wild and Scenic Chetco River against mining

The Wild and Scenic Chetco River has stunning emerald-green and turquoise waters, amazing recreational opportunities, and provides clean drinking water to over 20,000 people in Brookings and Harbor in southern Oregon. It also hosts runs of massive King/chinook salmon, and the Chetco fishery is an important economic engine for surrounding communities. The Chetco was recently… Read more »

Innovative Infrastructure: The Back Bone of Healthy Communities

On Tuesday, President Obama kept returning to the importance of investing in infrastructure and encouraging innovation throughout his State of the Union address. That’s a great idea. Infrastructure systems can encourage economic growth, connect communities, and provide goods and services like safe drinking water. From bridges to water treatment plants, properly functioning infrastructure is critical… Read more »

Let’s Keep Our Water Clean with The Water Infrastructure Resiliency Act

This year’s unprecedented storms and flooding are just a glimpse of the changes and challenges our nation will face in the future from a changing climate.  Increased extreme drought, severe storms and flooding, and rising sea levels are forecast to be more frequent and damaging and pose big threats to public health and the economy.   At… Read more »

National Fracking Call Day

Grassroots groups across the country are asking everyone to call President Obama today to tell him your concerns about natural gas development using fracking technology.  Local activists fighting to protect their own water supplies will be asking President Obama to stand up for their right to clean water.  As you know, American Rivers has highlighted… Read more »

Paddling Up Support For The Green River

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is about the Green River (#2) from our partner Steve Markle with the outfitter O.A.R.S. Take Action to Protect theGreen River Tell Gov. Herbert not to divert the Green River. The not-for-profit conservation organization American Rivers has just announced its 2012 list of the country’s… Read more »

Protecting Rivers in NY from Fracking

As you know, American Rivers has listed two rivers on the border of New York as America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2010 and 2011— the Upper Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers.  The issue of natural gas development continues to be battled on many fronts in the states and federal government. Today our friends at Riverkeeper in… Read more »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… Read more »

Sewer Line Breaks, Dumping Raw Sewage in the Hudson

Dirty water in NY waterways | Tom Giebel/Atomische.com Many of our programs and efforts here at American Rivers are focused on creating the “right” water infrastructure for our communities. Particularly in older towns and cities, like the Hudson River Valley town where I live, our water and sewer pipes are more than a century old,… Read more »

State of Preparedness: Wisconsin

Earlier this year, a number of states released plans detailing how they are preparing for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington so far. Today we’ll look at Wisconsin’s adaptation planning effort. Wisconsin’s plan is exceptionally detailed and thorough. It is divided into five main impact areas: Water resources Natural… Read more »