Happy Birthday, NEPA!

America’s first modern environmental law – the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – turned 40 last week. That’s cause to celebrate: NEPA set forth environmental protection and conservation as an official policy of the U.S. government. It also created a structured environmental review process that requires federal agencies to assess the ramifications of their actions… Read more »

Skip the Bag, Save the River

2010 is off to a good start here in Washington, D.C., where American Rivers is headquartered.  Thanks to multiple advocacy groups and unanimous support from the city council, an unprecedented law took effect that could help save our local Anacostia River.  As of January 1, Washingtonians will pay 5 cents per plastic bag.  While this… Read more »

Use Salt Wisely When Thawing Out this Winter

With the holidays quickly approaching and winter settling in, water quality may not be on the top of everybody’s mind. But with the abrupt arrival of heavy snow and ice in many parts of the country, we should all be thinking about the impacts of salting on our water.Salt use is often necessary for safety… Read more »

Funding Green Infrastructure Solutions

NEW REPORT:Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable Water American Rivers’ new report evaluates the groundbreaking water infrastructure investment in green infrastructure pioneered under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) that provided $1.2 billion for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmental innovation. Our report highlights how states have… Read more »

Learn how States Used their Water Infrastructure Funding from the Stimulus

Washington – Join American Rivers on December 15th from 2:30 – 3:30 for a webcast to learn how the Chesapeake Bay states used their required (20%) portion of water infrastructure funding from the stimulus for green infrastructure and water efficiency. Katherine Baer, senior director of clean water for American Rivers, will highlight example projects as… Read more »

New Green Infrastructure Legislation introduced in Congress

Thanks to Representative Donna Edwards, and co-sponsors Russ Carnahan and Steve Driehaus, a groundbreaking new piece of legislation was introduced December 3rd that would significantly help advance green infrastructure throughout the country.  The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2009, if it makes it into law, would create up to five green infrastructure centers… Read more »

Green Infrastructure in the Government

On Tuesday, the EPA finally released guidance on Sec. 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Yes, 2007. This section  of the law states: “The sponsor of any development or redevelopment project involving a Federal facility with a footprint that exceeds 5,000 square feet shall use site planning, design, construction, and maintenance strategies… Read more »

American Rivers Applauds Introduction of Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act

Washington, DC – American Rivers today applauded Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) for his strong efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay by introducing legislation that provides enforceable deadlines for meeting clean water goals for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. For the first time, clean up plans for nutrients and sediment must apply… Read more »