House May Correct Bad Policies of the Past with Oil Spill Legislation

The Gulf oil spill brought to light the impact that disasters like this have on the lands and waters that belong to all Americans. We rely on the government to make sure the oil and gas companies are acting responsibly because when things go wrong our communities and ecosystems both suffer. Without stronger oversight and… Read more »

Pitching in to Keep King County’s Drinking Water Source Clean!

In less than three weeks, through the National River Cleanup™ program, I will have the opportunity to spend a few hours picking up trash that has unfortunately accumulated along the Cedar River in King County.  Many of us in the Seattle area know that we’re lucky to have such a beautiful river just minutes away… Read more »

The STOPS Runoff Act: Treating Stormwater Where it Falls

Last week, Senator Cardin introduced the STOPS Runoff Act (S. 3602) that will reduce polluted stormwater runoff from federally funded highway and road projects. Roads are a major source of polluted stormwater runoff because rainwater that falls is unable to infiltrate these hard surfaces and soak into the ground. Instead, this water runs along the surface of… Read more »

Going Green for Clean Water

The “streamscape” of my childhood memories is one of fallen log bridges, hidden treasure, and secret trails. Although my local creek was hardly pristine, it was bordered by woods and filled with fish and tadpoles, a place where my friends and I spent many hours exploring, mapping, and making our own. These days, as I… Read more »

Oil Spill Reminds Us of the Importance of Our Great Waters

As oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico from the devastating BP spill, the connection between clean waters, communities, and healthy wildlife becomes clear. Images of oil soaked brown pelicans, fishermen with no fish to catch, and beachgoers sharing the sand with cleanup crews fill our newspapers and present us with the inescapable… Read more »

Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2010′ Introduced to Senate

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, is pleased to announce that Senator Udall (D. NM) and Senator Whitehouse (D. RI) have introduced the ‘Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2010’ (S. 3561) to the Senate. Green infrastructure offers a 21st century approach to managing our nation’s stormwater. By replicating,… Read more »

Senator Udall Introduces Green Infrastructure Bill

As I stood outside a metro stop, waiting under an overhang as the rain poured down during one of the District’s hot summer thunderstorms, I watched as water slowly began rising in the street. After about five minutes, cars were swerving to avoid the water that lapped up to the height of the curb. This… Read more »

DEQ Report is Wake-Up Call that Healthy Forests are Necessary for Clean Drinking Water

(Portland) – American Rivers highlighted a report released today by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water Protection Program as proof that Coast Range communities need healthy forests if they want clean drinking water. The report entitled “Turbidity Analysis for Oregon Public Drinking Water Systems: Water Quality in Coast Range Drinking Water Source Areas”… Read more »

Good News for #1 Most Endangered River!

We have had some good news on our #1 Most Endangered River, the Upper Delaware!   Our call to action was that the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) issue a moratorium on all drilling for natural gas until they complete a thorough environmental impact study of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing. I have learned that the… Read more »