Testifying on Green Infrastructure

Last week I had the opportunity to testify at a House hearing about a new EPA initiative called “integrated permitting.” The Agency’s idea is to look at ways to evaluate various Clean Water Act requirements together to see how they could be integrated. For example, if a city has pollution problems from urban stormwater runoff… Read more »

Turning Ripples Into Waves on the Black Warrior

American Rivers has had some great partners for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ program this year. Our listings can help shake things up and garner attention for rivers that people across the country may never otherwise hear about. A great example of this action is happening for the Black Warrior River in Alabama (#8 Most Endangered River of… Read more »

Will the Delaware River Basin Soon be Fracked Up?

Tell the Delaware River Basin Commission to vote “NO” on fracking on Nov. 21st! The fate of America’s Most Endangered River™ of 2010 could be determined this month in a critical vote on natural gas regulations.    The tension in the region is palpable, even from my desk here in Washington, D.C.  On November 21, the… Read more »

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »

Clean Water Success on South Carolina’s Saluda

On the last weekend of July, a friend and I went to the Saluda River, just a few miles from downtown the Columbia, SC to cool off, kayak and fish – cooling off being the top priority with temperatures topping 100 degrees. We were not the only ones with that idea as we were joined… Read more »

Thankful for the Postcard Underground

A welcome surprise from Postcard Underground | Katherine Baer Remember how great it was to get a letter in the mail back in the day when people wrote letters? Well, imagine my great surprise when I received not one, but a stack of postcards in the mail addressed to me at American Rivers a couple… Read more »

Listen To The River, And Then Fight For It!

Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Steve Piragis. Steve and his wife, Nancy, own and operate Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely, Minnesota. Piragis Northwoods Company is, among other things, an outfitter for canoe trips into the Boundary Waters and one of the… Read more »

Kootenai River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2013: Kootenai River British Columbia, Montana, Idaho At Risk: Water quality and survival of rare fish and wildlife Threat: Open-pit coal mining Mining in the Elk/Kootenai River Basin, BC | Garth Lenz Ask U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to request the engagement of the International Joint Commission to address… Read more »

Paying for stormwater management: a case for innovation

This blog post was written jointly between Liz G. Deardorff and American Rivers’ conservation intern Molly Armus Public-private partnerships have proven to be great ways to implement innovative green infrastructure techniques, such as “Adapt-a-Bioswale” in Ohiopyle, PA | © Liz G. Deardorff Paying for stormwater management can be challenging, especially for small urban municipalities that… Read more »