Seeing Green: Congressional Briefing on Clean Water and Green Infrastructure

Failed dam on the Green River in Massachusetts shows the river flowing around the spillway and through the retaining wall breach. On Tuesday, American Rivers hosted a Congressional briefing with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) on Tuesday to highlight… 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 »

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 »

Washington State Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Washington In the past few months, a number of states have released plans detailing how they plan to prepare for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, and Pennsylvania so far. Today we’ll look at Washington’s adaptation planning effort. In Washington state, adaptation planning was divided into four topic areas… 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 »

What’s Happening on the Kansas River?

It has been a busy summer for the 2012 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®!  One of our partners fighting for the Kansas River (#10 on this year’s list) sent us an update (below).  Thank you, Laura Calwell, who is the Kansas Riverkeeper for Friends of the Kaw! Take Action to Protect theKansas River Help… Read more »

A Clean Water Solution: The Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard

  The new Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard (GIPS) guide will help cities upgrade their water infrastructure and reduce polluted stormwater runoff Who would have thought that our water pollution problems could be solved by the 1%? Well, not the 1% of the well off, but by 1% increments. That is the concept behind the new… Read more »

Save the Solitude of Shepherd Bend

Today’s guest blog about the #7 Black Warrior River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Nelson Brooke, the Black Warrior Riverkeeper.  The Black Warrior Riverkeeper is a citizen-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving water quality, habitat, recreation, and public health throughout the Black Warrior River watershed. Take Action to Protect… Read more »

Reflections on Preserving Special Places

Take Action to Protect theBoundary Waters Tell Congress to keep the Boundary Waters safe for future generations! Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jaime Pinkham, a member of the American Rivers Board. On June 1, Jaime joined well over a hundred local… Read more »