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 »

Protecting Wisconsin’s Waters: Better Oversight of Development is Necessary to Prevent Runoff Pollution

 From the Sugar River south of Madison to the Lake Michigan shoreline, the excess flow of runoff pollution into Wisconsin’s waterways has led to serious water quality problems, including impaired drinking water quality, degraded wildlife habitat and uncontrolled sewage overflows. These problems extend downstream, from contamination in the Great Lakes to the dead zone that… Read more »

What’s In Your Water: The State of Public Notification in 11 U.S. States

Executive Summary Our clean water is threatened by aging, overburdened sewer systems that overflow more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially-treated sewage into our rivers and streams every year. Sewage spills threaten public health, spoil recreation, hinder economic values, and harm wildlife. As pipes age and the population grows, America’s overburdened wastewater infrastructure… Read more »

Greening Water Infrastructure

Today America is at a water management crossroads. American Rivers advocates using this transformational moment to move from outdated 19th century infrastructure to 21st century green infrastructure. The time is now to make long-lasting economic investments, create good jobs that respond to the new, green economy, and meet the water challenges communities across the country… Read more »

Using Green Infrastructure in Karst Regions

Read the Full Report (PDF) Introduction For decades rapid development around the country has led to a proliferation of impervious surfaces, such as rooftops and parking lots, making stormwater runoff one of the leading causes of water pollution in the country. Rainwater collects on impervious surfaces, picks up contaminants and flows into local streams and rivers…. Read more »