Protect our Clean Water Supplies with Green Infrastructure

Earlier this week, an entire section of the Beltway surrounding Washington, DC was shut down after a 54-inch water main broke and flooded the highway, snarling traffic and leaving 400,00 residents without water. Helicopter footage shows what looks like a river flowing over the road, turning over cars and destroying nearby businesses and homes. On… Read more »

Fracking’ threatens wild and scenic Hoback River

March 30, 2009 was a glorious day for Wyoming river advocates.  That’s the day President Obama signed into law a massive public lands bill that granted federal Wild and Scenic designation to 13 rivers and 400 river miles in Wyoming’s Snake River watershed. Among those rivers is the Hoback, a favorite of local anglers and paddlers… Read more »

The Value of Green Infrastructure

Download the Full Report (PDF) “The Value of Green Infrastructure” provides a framework to help communities measure and value the air quality, energy use, and many other benefits that green infrastructure provides. It allows communities to more accurately compare different infrastructure investments and choose the option that provides the greatest long-term benefit. Green Infrastructure for… Read more »

Good ‘Bad News’ for the Mon

Sometimes we hope for bad news, in the anticipation that it will highlight a problem, increase awareness, and turn it into good news down the line.  I find myself celebrating such a paradox today, as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has characterized the Monongahela River as impaired due to elevated sulfate levels in this major drinking… Read more »

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 »