Green Infrastructure Moves forward in Congress

Recent and devastating flooding the along the Mississippi has emphasized the need to strengthen our natural defenses.  While the floods we’ve just seen result from many causes, including the destruction of small streams and wetlands upstream, overdevelopment of our cities is another cause. In urbanized areas with hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, rainwater… Read more »

Help Us Give the Delaware River an Upgrade

Tell the Pennsylvania DEP to give the Delaware River the strongest protections under the Clean Water Act! In recent months, American Rivers has been working with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to compile a petition to the state of Pennsylvania to upgrade the protective status of the Upper and Middle Delaware River to the highest level- Exceptional… Read more »

Is radioactive water making you glow, or are you just happy to see me?

While Gasland was busy making a run for an Oscar this weekend, the New York Times published a front page article on the dangers of hydrofracking.  A radioactive exposé, if you will.  In an effort to lay the electric green glowing data out on the table, Times journalist Ian Urbina discussed his illuminating natural gas journey over the… Read more »

Loving a Meadow Back to Life

Citizens of Mammoth, CA united to restore Snow Creek Meadow Preserve and turn it into a community asset. | Michael Swimmer Fifteen years ago Snow Creek Meadow Preserve was a nameless discarded place, the undevelopable floodplain around Mammoth’s Snow Creek Condos in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Then in 1996, a group of friends including a… Read more »

National River Cleanup® joins forces on the Potomac River

National River Cleanup® joined the Potomac Conservancy last Saturday for a sunny and productive morning out on our nation’s River.  The river cleanup site in Cabin John, Maryland along the C&O Canal was one of hundreds of cleanup sites that worked out on the Potomac River as part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation 24th Annual… Read more »

Pennsylvania supports Philadelphia plan for green infrastructure

In my recent blog, I mentioned Philadelphia’s “Green City, Clean Water” plan “ to develop sustainable water management and minimize costs for water treatment caused in part by stormwater run-off from the city’s broad expanse of pavement, rooftops and sidewalks.” On one hand it’s an innovative and ambitious plan. .. On the other hand, “Green… Read more »

Putting People to Work, the Green Infrastructure Way

As river advocates, we tend to talk a lot about polluted stormwater runoff, and the need to reduce pollution from our streets, parking lots and roofs that ends up in our rivers every time it rains.  Building more green infrastructure, such as green roofs and rain gardens, is becoming a very promising approach to reducing… Read more »

Rivers Connect Us More Than You May Realize

Photo ©SigurDD I was thinking about all of the ways rivers touch our lives. So I decided to write down some of the ways I benefitted from clean water this morning. 6:00am – make coffee (the best cup of coffee starts with fresh tap water) 7:00am – make oatmeal (with tap water) 7:30am – pack… 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 »

Swimming in Slime Underscores Need for Smart Clean Water Protections

Green slime covering up your local swimming hole?  Seems that Senator Inhofe (R-OK) found his own Grand Lake covered in algae. After swimming in the muck, the Senator became really sick. Blue-green algae are known to cause respiratory illness, skin irritation and diarrhea and tend to flourish in times of drought when water is warm… Read more »