Polluters Getting Away — Clean Water Act Not Enforced

Our streams and rivers are far from clean – pollution from urban runoff and farms are significant sources that are challenging to control. One thing that the Clean Water Act makes clear is that “point source” pollution – water pollution from sewage treatment, industrial plants and other sources must meet pollution limits. However, in an… Read more »

How Your Jeans Affect Rivers

  Jeans manufacturing requires a lot of chemicals and water and if the left over water isn’t treated properly, it can pollute our valuable rivers and streams.  That’s why GAP has recently expanded their 2004 Clean Water Program to ensure that all their suppliers meet their high wastewater quality standards. Check out more the next time… Read more »

Clean Water for Maryland: Local Ordinances for Environmental Site Design

Read the full report Introduction Decades of rapid development and suburban sprawl throughout Maryland have burdened the state’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters with increasing amounts of polluted stormwater runoff. In 2007, the state took a major step towards reversing this growing threat by passing a law requiring the use of Environmental Site Design (ESD)… Read more »

Water Infrastructure Redefined

Over the course of the last year I had the opportunity to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Sustainable Water Infrastructure. Participants included representatives from public and private utilities, consulting firms, academia, government and the nonprofit sector. The final report “Sustainable Water Systems: Step One – Redefining the Nation’s Infrastructure Challenge” includes a number… 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 »

American Rivers Helps Redefine Water Infrastructure

Katherine Baer from American Rivers will participate in a Roundtable event today on the report at 12 noon.  Visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/2009/07/29/aspen-dialogue-sustainable-water-infrastructure-us for information on the event. Washington, D.C. – The nation’s clean water and public health and safety would be much better off with a water infrastructure system that incorporates green solutions, according to a new report… Read more »

Natural Security Report

In our new report, Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies are Preparing Communities for a Changing Climate, we name eight of the nation’s top cities that are using green solutions to prepare for the droughts and floods that are coming with climate change.

Water crisis featured on Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    American Rivers science advisor Robert Glennon talks with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart about the nation’s growing water crisis and his new book “Unquenchable”       Watch the entire show!