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 »

Greening Stormwater

Introduction Communities across Michigan are developing plans for addressing polluted stormwater runoff. While many cities are looking at traditional concrete and pipe approaches to address runoff problems, innovative new approaches — sometimes referred to as “soft path” or “green infrastructure” — are multiplying that promise to better protect rivers and lakes while enhancing community beauty… Read more »