Green Infrastructure Making Its Mark from Small Towns to Big Cities

At the end of September, New York City introduced a $1.5 billion plan to implement green infrastructure technologies across the city to help manage the stormwater runoff that overwhelms the city’s water infrastructure and causes an estimated 1.25 billion gallons of untreated sewage to flow directly into the city’s waterways every year. Together with a $2.9… Read more »

High Demand for Innovative Water Infrastructure Investment: New Report Details Investment in Green Infrastructure and Water Efficiency

Since the stimulus bill passed almost two years ago, we’ve been closely watching spending of water infrastructure money, specifically the dedicated funding for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmental innovation. Leading up to passage of the stimulus, American Rivers and our partners put together a national ready-to-go list of smart, green infrastructure projects that… 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 »

Improving Drinking Water Quality by Ensuring Water Quantity

Americans consume over 29 billion gallons of drinking water per day.  That’s a lot of water. And 80% of all water used in the US comes from surface water sources – mostly our rivers. As our communities grow and as we face the effects of climate change, our drinking water supplies and rivers are becoming… Read more »

EPA Confirms Milwaukee as a Leader on Green Infrastructure

Milwaukee is at the forefront of cities working to truly integrate green infrastructure into their water infrastructure, which also helps with climate adaptation. American Rivers works with the City and our partners at the Sweet Water Trust to help achieve Milwaukee’s green vision. Recently EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited Milwaukee to commend the City’s good work… Read more »

Stopping Sewage Overflows

Don’t you just hate it when… there’s raw sewage in your local rivers? Unfortunately, this is the case all too often with over 850 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage flowing into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, of which American Rivers is a member, recently… Read more »

Key Legislation You Should Know

Here are some key legislation pieces that we have been working on recently:  H.R. 3534: The CLEAR ActThanks to your help the House passed the CLEAR Act, a comprehensive response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf.  The bill fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which assesses a fee on offshore oil and… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

Funding Green Infrastructure in Pennsylvania

Download the full report (PDF) Executive Summary A twist on a familiar adage amongst water managers is “when it rains, it drains.” While not unique to Pennsylvania, in suburban and urban municipalities, centuries of strong growth, including recent decades of sprawl, have  transformed much of the state’s natural land cover into extensive impervious surface. As a… Read more »