National River Cleanup in Review

As the only volunteer based program within American Rivers, National River Cleanup™ is making change happen one cleanup at a time. With more than 3,660,000 miles of rivers in America, almost everyone lives within a mile of a river or a stream. Unfortunately, each year, millions of tons of trash end up in our nation’s rivers. American… Read more »

Paddling With Mayor Steve Benjamin

Recently I had the opportunity to go on a paddle trip with Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin and over two dozen young African-American professionals.  The paddle trip was a part of Mayor Benjamin’s Talented Tenth Conference. The purpose of the conference was to show young educated African American’s that Columbia has a high quality of… Read more »

Protecting The Mighty Kaw

Take Action to Protect theKansas River Help us today to tell the Corps to end dredging on the Kaw by 2017! With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial start to summer is underway! One of my favorite summer activities is getting out on the river. Picture your favorite river moment – the sun beating down,… Read more »

River Policy Update: March Wrap-Up

Locals Advocate for Wild and Scenic RiversIn March, Congress heard from people who support Wild and Scenic River designations for their favorite rivers. During a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on a bill that would designate the Molalla River as a National Wild and Scenic River, Michael Moody, President of the Molalla River Alliance testified… Read more »

State Revolving Fund — One Step Forward

The Senate just introduced their version of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) that provides funding for water infrastructure throughout the country. The bill is good in that it provides much needed money for our crumbling water infrastructure, and authorizes EPA’s WaterSense program that promotes water efficient products. Additionally, the bill… Read more »

What is Happening with the 2011 Most Endangered Rivers?

Each spring American Rivers releases our top ten list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  It is a day full of both angst and hope.  Of course, no river really wants to have the dubious distinction of being under such a great threat as to make “the list”.  Most rivers would rather flow freely- babbling along… Read more »

The Clean Water Act Through the Generations

Michael Paul Growing up in Georgia, my sister and I spent countless hours walking the banks of our little creek, crossing fallen logs, racing stick boats, and looking for buried treasure that we were sure lay beneath the sandbars. It didn’t matter to us that our creek was known officially on maps only as “an… Read more »

Why Clean Rivers?

This is a guest blog post from Samantha Wright, Project Scientist at FB Environmental Associates, Inc. Samantha writes about the importance of the Clean Water Act to her work as an environmental scientist. Rain gardens help to reduce stormwater runoff and protect clean water | Samantha Wright As an environmental scientist living in coastal New… Read more »