Economic Stimulus Bill Should Include Critical Clean Water Investments

Read our testimony at www.AmericanRivers.org/EconomicStimulusTestimony Washington, DC — Investments in the nation’s clean water infrastructure should be a key part of any economic stimulus bill, American Rivers said today in testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. American Rivers called on Congress to appropriate at least 16 percent of clean water and drinking water… Read more »

Salazar moves to withdraw Bush Administration rule on mountaintop mining

(Washington) — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s move today to withdraw a Bush Administration rule that allows more waste from mountaintop mining to be dumped in or near small streams was applauded by American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization. The Bush Administration’s rule allowed coal mine operators to dump waste into streambeds… Read more »

American Rivers and NOAA award $696,692 to restore rivers and fisheries in California, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Oregon

Washington, DC – Rivers and communities will benefit from nearly $700,000 in grants awarded through the national partnership between American Rivers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. This funding will support six projects throughout California, Delaware, Massachusetts and Oregon aimed at restoring fisheries, improving public safety, and reducing flood risks. “Removing… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim… Read more »

One year later, Ohio’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Ohio are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including $1.2 billion in specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American… Read more »

A River by Any Other Name

Click to enlarge. Map by Derek Watkins What do you call your local stream?  Check out this fascinating map with its “Lite-Brite-esque” quality. This map, designed by Derek Watkins, makes the connection between regional usage of words for the common term “river” or “stream.” It is a thought-provoking visual representation that links cultural, environmental and geographic… Read more »

Busy Week for Natural Gas Across the Country

Well pad | Credit: Ecoflight   There has been a lot of activity across the country this week as states grapple with the most appropriate ways to deal with the natural gas boom.  Here are some highlights: For America’s Most Endangered River® of 2011, the Susquehanna River, local activists surprised the Commissioners of the Susquehanna… Read more »

Congress Votes to Roll Back Clean Water

In one of the most sweeping attacks on clean, safe water in our nation’s history, the House of Representatives today voted to turn back the clock 40 years on clean water protections. The “dirty water bill”, H.R. 2018 was introduced by Representative Mica (R-FL) and Representative Rahall (D-WV) and undermines critical Clean Water Act safeguards… Read more »