Remember John Cromwell, A River Champion

The clean water community lost a kind, innovative and dedicated colleague with the death of John Cromwell in December. I knew John for a relatively short time – we served together on an Aspen Institute panel on sustainable infrastructure over the course of a year and a half.  At that time, John was in remission… Read more »

National River Cleanup in Review

As the only volunteer based program within American Rivers, National River Cleanup™ is making change happen one cleanup at a time. With more than 3,660,000 miles of rivers in America, almost everyone lives within a mile of a river or a stream. Unfortunately, each year, millions of tons of trash end up in our nation’s rivers. American… Read more »

Enjoying A Restored Sandy River

NOTE: We’re pleased to welcome Thomas O’Keefe, PhD, for this guest post. Tom is a river ecologist and the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater, a national river conservation organization and a partner with American Rivers in river conservation and restoration efforts across the country. Three years ago I was there on the banks… Read more »

Survey Says Water Is More Important than Gas

Are people concerned about potential impacts of natural gas development on their water?  Yes they are.  The nonprofit Civil Society Institute has released results from a new survey about people’s opinions on natural gas development.  This is the first national poll to gauge the attitudes of Americans on the subject.  In addition to the national… Read more »

Read Me A River

One of the best things about winter is getting to curl up with a good book. So how about a good river read with your favorite kid…  Here are some recommendations from some of our staff: For starters, there’s “Trout, Trout, Trout (a fish chant)” written by April Pulley Sayre that highlights freshwater fish in the… Read more »

Success on Laurel Hill Creek (MER 2009)

We have had some great news recently on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2009, Laurel Hill Creek!  In this listing, we asked that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) designate Laurel Hill Creek as a Critical Water Planning Area (CWPA).  On November 18, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Statewide Water Resource Committee voted “yes” for Laurel… Read more »

Innovative Green Roof

Green Roof Installation in Milwaukee, WI American Rivers has recently completed a 4,000 square foot green roof in Milwaukee’s Kinnickinnic watershed, at the Energy Exchange. This project will reduce the amount of stormwater runoff, and result in decreased stress on Milwaukee’s aging sewer system. The roof was completed through funds provided by MMSD’s Green Roof… Read more »

Green Infrastructure – It’s not just for environmentalists anymore

Lately I’ve been working with a lot of groups in the green infrastructure community of practice. Basically organizations or companies that are directly involved in the implementation of green roofs, urban trees, permeable pavement and the like. So you can imagine how pleased I was to see that American Rivers was featured in Greenroofs.com week in… Read more »

Looking Good at 40 – Saluting the Environmental Protection Agency

Since 1970, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, we breathe cleaner air, drink safer water, and live in neighborhoods that are no longer contaminated by hazardous waste. Thanks to the passage of landmark laws like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act and the dedication of the people who work for… Read more »

Paddling With Mayor Steve Benjamin

Recently I had the opportunity to go on a paddle trip with Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and over two dozen young African-American professionals.  The paddle trip was a part of Mayor Benjamin’s Talented Tenth Conference. The purpose of the conference was to show young educated African American’s that Columbia has a high quality of… Read more »