Kansas River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers named the Kansas River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® today, shining a national spotlight on the threat that sand and gravel dredging poses to clean water.  “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping point,” said Fay Augustyn… Read more »

One year later, Pennsylvania’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Pennsylvania are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including $1.2 billion in specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American… Read more »

A Green Grid for Clean Water?

If we can have a smart grid for energy, why not a green grid for clean water? From ‘New York’s Green Grid’: “Planners wrangled natural streams into (eventually) rusty pipe systems. The city dredged so many swamps and poured so much asphalt that the ground has become unable to handle heavy downpours. When it rains… Read more »

British Columbia gives U.S. an early Thanksgiving gift

Thanksgiving may still be a few days away, but here in Montana we’re already feeling in a thankful mood.  That’s because last week, the British Columbian parliament passed a new law that permanently bans all forms of mining and oil and gas drilling on the Canadian side of the North Fork of the Flathead River… Read more »

Clean Water Financing Gets a Boost on the Hill

Columbia River Gorge, OR | Stacey Detwiler If you’ve been keeping an eye on the state of funding for water infrastructure over the past few years, you may have noticed a general trend. Like most federal funding these days, programs that provide critical funds for water infrastructure have been steadily cut. The Clean Water and… Read more »

Drain 8 Million Gallon Reservoir Because of Some Pee?

Pee in our drinking water? First reaction might be, “Eww!” There has been a flurry of debate over the Portland Water Bureau’s decision to drain a drinking water supply reservoir after a man was caught urinating into it. What do you think – was it the right thing to do? Even in infinitesimal amounts, who… Read more »

Five New Year’s resolutions for rivers

How do you make a great New Year’s resolution?  Make it practical, make it public, and make it matter. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of easy-to-keep river resolutions for 2012. Each one can fit easily into your life, and will benefit both you and the world around you. To make it public,… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Can Save Local Governments Money

Today’s post is by Brian Wegener of the Tualatin Riverkeepers, a nonprofit organization working to protect and restore Oregon’s Tualatin River System. With increasing urbanization comes an increasing area of rooftops, parking lots, and highways – hard surfaces that are impermeable to water. Rain that once soaked into fields and forests, now runs off these… Read more »

Happy Birthday, NEPA!

America’s first modern environmental law – the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – turned 40 last week. That’s cause to celebrate: NEPA set forth environmental protection and conservation as an official policy of the U.S. government. It also created a structured environmental review process that requires federal agencies to assess the ramifications of their actions… Read more »

Improving Drinking Water Quality by Ensuring Water Quantity

Americans consume over 29 billion gallons of drinking water per day.  That’s a lot of water. And 80% of all water used in the US comes from surface water sources – mostly our rivers. As our communities grow and as we face the effects of climate change, our drinking water supplies and rivers are becoming… Read more »