Radio ad by actor Tom Skerritt urges clean water protections for Minnesota’s rivers

Washington, DC — A radio ad by actor Tom Skerritt hit Minnesota airwaves today, urging Senator Amy Klobuchar to support the Clean Water Restoration Act (S.787), which would restore essential protections for Minnesota’s and the nation’s rivers and streams. Download the MP3 file: http://www.americanrivers.org/assets/multimedia-files/tom-skerritt-minnesota-ad.mp3 Skerritt, star of “A River Runs Through It” and other films,… Read more »

Salazar moves to withdraw Bush Administration rule on mountaintop mining

(Washington) — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s move today to withdraw a Bush Administration rule that allows more waste from mountaintop mining to be dumped in or near small streams was applauded by American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization. The Bush Administration’s rule allowed coal mine operators to dump waste into streambeds… Read more »

American Rivers names Brett Swift as Northwest regional director

(Washington, DC) — American Rivers announced today that Brett Swift is the new director of the Northwest regional office. American Rivers, headquartered in Washington, DC, has offices in Seattle and Portland and has played a lead role in Pacific Northwest river conservation efforts since 1992. “Brett has delivered many important victories for the Northwest’s rivers,”… Read more »

Poisoned Waters — PBS Looks at Threats to Clean Water

I got to see a sneak preview of the PBS upcoming Frontline Documentary Poisoned Waters last week – the show airs this week and highlights some of the major threats to clean water and the Clean Water Act, looking especially at the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound as case studies. It was at the preview,… Read more »

Critical Clean Water Protections Introduced in Senate Today

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduced the Clean Water Restoration Act, critical legislation that would restore historic clean water protections for our nation’s streams and wetlands and protect public health and safety.  Twenty-three Senators joined Senator Feingold in co-sponsoring this important legislation. This legislation is urgently needed to restore Clean Water Act… Read more »

Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods

Increasing Flood Risk in a Changing Climate The impacts of our changing climate are becoming more apparent every day. In the first decade of the new millennium, extreme rainfall events, combined with changes in land use, have resulted in an increase in flood events and in an increase in annual flood losses from $6 billion… Read more »

Follow the Money: An Agenda for Smarter Infrastructure Funding in the Great Lakes

Executive Summary Our national priorities drive our public investments. The reverse is also true: Where and how we spend public water infrastructure dollars drives future investment priorities. These decisions also have a material impact on the water quality of our communities and the Great Lakes as a whole. Each year the federal government, states, municipalities… Read more »