Earth Day 2012: How will you celebrate?

April 22, 1970 – let’s take a walk down memory lane.  In the heart of flower power, Nixon’s presidency, the Vietnam War, the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and the last Beatles’ album – the modern environmental movement was born.  Protest marked the landscape, but saving the planet was not high on the priority… Read more »

Forest Service May Scale Back Gas Drilling Project in Hoback Headwaters

After pouring through nearly 60,000 public comments on a proposed gas drilling project at the headwaters of the Hoback River in western Wyoming, the Bridger-Teton National Forest came to a stark realization – none of the drilling alternatives in its draft environmental impact study complied with its existing forest plan or a special oil and… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Helps Manage Runoff, Reduce Flood Damages

Just a few months ago the Susquehanna and Delaware basins in Pennsylvania were sustaining the worst flooding since record-breaking Hurricane Agnes hit in ’72. Today, the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Patriot News reports that the Susquehanna is recording levels that match record drought years of 1910 and 1946. Extreme conditions define climate change and require adaptation practices…. Read more »

Help Keep the Roanoke River Free of Uranium!

——————————-Tell the Virginia legislature to Keep the Ban to keep uranium out of the Roanoke River. Earlier this year, American Rivers listed the Roanoke River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® because it was threatened with a uranium mine. Recently, the National Academy of Sciences released a study on the potential impacts of uranium… Read more »

Innovative Green Roof

Green Roof Installation in Milwaukee, WI American Rivers has recently completed a 4,000 square foot green roof in Milwaukee’s Kinnickinnic watershed, at the Energy Exchange. This project will reduce the amount of stormwater runoff, and result in decreased stress on Milwaukee’s aging sewer system. The roof was completed through funds provided by MMSD’s Green Roof… Read more »

Let’s Have A Grand Ole’ Day on the River!

Take Action to Protect theGrand River   Tell the Ohio legislature to institute strong protective standards for natural gas development! You’ve guessed it river fans!  Today is Grand River Day!  Our #6 on the list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, the Grand River, is highlighted today due to the impacts of natural gas development on… Read more »

Oppose the Chesapeake Bay Dirty Water Act

Take action to protect the Bay from a bad bill that sets a dangerous precedent to weaken Clean Water Act protections across the country. More dirty water coming to the Chesapeake Bay, and maybe your river soon. Don’t be deceived by the words” reauthorization” and “improvement.” The “Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act” (H.R…. Read more »

Protecting Our Clean Water with the STOPS Runoff Act

Today, Senator Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the STOPS Runoff Act of 2011 that will reduce polluted runoff from federally funded highways and roads. It’s hard to believe that the streets and highways we drive on every day are one of the leading sources of water pollution. But think about it – with over 985,139 miles of… Read more »

Restoring Clean Water

For the last 10 years, Clean Water Act protections have been chipped away by confusing Court decisions and inefficient guidance that requires EPA staff to show over and over again what we know – that small streams are connected to big rivers! That’s why today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency to better protect our small streams… Read more »