Great Lakes Restoration Funding

Last week, as reported by the staff over at the Healing Our Waters coalition the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is set to receive $300 million as part of the recent budget deal between congress and the President. While this isn’t the $450 million of last year, or even the $350 million hoped for this… Read more »

Greening Milwaukee

I’ve spent the past two days at a Freshwater Forum convened by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, on the western shore of Lake Michigan outside Racine, Wisconsin. Wingspread is the home designed for the Johnson family in the 1930’s by Frank Lloyd Wright. It provides an inspiring setting for this meeting of leaders from conservation,… Read more »

Huge Step Forward for Yuba Salmon Restoration!

On February 29, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a much anticipated plan for how the Corps of Engineers must change its Englebright Dam and Daguerre Point Dam on the Yuba River to eliminate the dams’ contribution to the risk of extinction of Yuba salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon. This plan, called a Biological Opinion,… Read more »

Keeping Cool With Green Infrastructure

We’re officially into summer here in Washington, DC with temperatures consistently hitting the 90s (and even the 100s!). Particularly in urban areas, the large number of hard surfaces like parking lots and rooftops can be 50-90°F hotter than the surrounding air, causing higher temperatures compared to more rural areas. This is often referred to as… Read more »

Meadow Stewards Group formed for Hope Valley Restoration Project

On May 6th a large group of passionate citizens from both California and Nevada came out to Hope Valley Meadow for a volunteer orientation.  American Rivers and local partners are leading an effort to rehabilitate this iconic meadow that lies in a high Sierra watershed that feeds both states.  The Alpine Watershed Group and Friends… Read more »

North Carolina Fracking Law Vetoed, Veto Overturned

UPDATE 7-3-12 4 PM — Unfortunately, the environmentalist in the NC House were not able to sustain the veto the Governor issued over the weekend. As RandomAction notes, it appears that the deciding vote was an erroneous vote by a Representative from Charlotte- Becky Carney, who has been against fracking from the beginning. When she… Read more »

Protect our Clean Water Supplies with Green Infrastructure

Earlier this week, an entire section of the Beltway surrounding Washington, DC was shut down after a 54-inch water main broke and flooded the highway, snarling traffic and leaving 400,00 residents without water. Helicopter footage shows what looks like a river flowing over the road, turning over cars and destroying nearby businesses and homes. On… Read more »

Read Me A River

One of the best things about winter is getting to curl up with a good book. So how about a good river read with your favorite kid…  Here are some recommendations from some of our staff: For starters, there’s “Trout, Trout, Trout (a fish chant)” written by April Pulley Sayre that highlights freshwater fish in the… Read more »

Say No to Fracking for North Carolina

With a recent victory to postpone a vote to open up the Delaware River Basin to fracking (hydraulic fracturing for natural gas), it looks like there is some understanding of the potential adverse impacts of fracking on our clean water supplies. Our listing of the Susquehanna River as number one on the list of the… Read more »

Streams and Rivers Threatened by Toxic Mining Waste

Because of a recent Supreme Court case, Coeur Alaska Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, a mining company will be allowed to dump toxic mining waste into a pristine Alaskan lake, killing all aquatic life. The Court relied on a Bush administration rule that says that “filling” a waterbody with waste and contaminated materials –… Read more »