Obama Transition Team Receives American Rivers’ Recommendations

We are facing an unprecedented opportunity to significantly transform our country’s approach to water. Last week, American Rivers presented “Clean Water and Healthy Communities: Recommendations to the Obama Administration” to the President-elect’s transition team. The document outlines overarching themes and recommendations for the new Administration and details specific ideas for water agencies and issue areas. Back… Read more »

Protecting Clean Water in the Potomac River

If you live and work in the Washington, DC area, this year’s number one Most Endangered River may hit closer to home than you might think. The Potomac River provides drinking water for over 5 million people in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Enough so that the odds are pretty good that if you drank a… Read more »

Remember John Cromwell, A River Champion

The clean water community lost a kind, innovative and dedicated colleague with the death of John Cromwell in December. I knew John for a relatively short time – we served together on an Aspen Institute panel on sustainable infrastructure over the course of a year and a half.  At that time, John was in remission… 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 »

Survey Supports Smart Stormwater Rules

Green infrastructure | Credit Sean Foltz Some cities have gone full force in trying to plant more trees, provide incentives for green roofs and use other techniques like rain gardens that cost-effectively reduce polluted stormwater runoff, flooding and sewer overflows. Places like Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Toledo are all investing in these techniques. As more funding… Read more »

The Origin of Water (Apologies to Darwin)

Where does our water come from? And how did it get there? For some folks the answer is the grocery store (and Fiji) but for most of us the answer is that it flows out of the tap when we turn it on. Though the reality is that the water does not just magically appear in either… Read more »

Watch our new Elwha River dam removal film

We’re continuing to celebrate the world’s biggest dam removal on Washington’s Elwha River. Last week, a standing room only crowd of 300 at the Seattle REI store watched as we premiered a new film in our Year of the River series. Now you can see the video for yourself: The film by Andy Maser provides… 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 »

The Clean Water Network Celebrates Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary

This is a guest blog from Natalie Roy, Executive Director, Clean Water Network Natalie Roy, Executive Director, Clean Water Network When I was ten years old, I wrote letters to President Lyndon Johnson and New York Mayor John Lindsey. The letters conveyed my ten-year-old sense of outrage about polluted air and water as well as… Read more »