Weakening a Critical Backstop Protection for Public Health, Clean Rivers

Coastal Wetlands, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, MA | © US Fish and Wildlife Refuge A scarcely used, yet critical provision of the Clean Water Act provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the ability to stop the most devastating projects that would have unacceptable adverse impacts to our drinking water supplies, shellfish and fishery… Read more »

Protecting Turtles

Protecting Turtles through the Clean Water Act America’s smallest turtle, the bog turtle, only grows to roughly 3-4 inches – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand! Federally listed as a threatened species, these little guys are dependent upon wetlands for their home. Ensuring that these wetlands are protected under the Clean… Read more »

Toledo Water Ban Highlights Clean Water Month

Kyle R. Ruona, a park ranger from Perry Lake, takes a water sample during blue-green algae training at Milford Lake in Kansas July 9, 2014. Photo: Marvin G. Boyer August is National Water Quality Month, and whether you realize it or not, you’re joining in the celebration if you’re headed to the beach, taking a… Read more »

It is Scientifically Proven That What Happens Upstream Will Affect Downstream

Small stream | © Jaroslav Kuba On January 15, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency released a scientific report demonstrating the importance of small streams and wetlands to downstream water quality. The report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters, is based on current scientific research, specifically 1,200 publications from peer-reviewed scientific literature. The EPA’s… Read more »

Release of the Final Clean Water Protection Rule

Big Hunting Creek, MD | Bob Irvin Today, you delivered a victory for rivers. Thanks to supporters like you – including the one million Americans who submitted public comments – the Obama Administration finalized the Clean Water Protection Rule – a vital step toward safeguarding the nation’s clean drinking water. Few things are more fundamental… Read more »

Clean Water Must be Top Priority for New Administration and Congress

Washington, DC — With the nation’s sewer systems, pipes, and levees outdated and crumbling, and with global warming threatening communities with more intense floods and droughts, water infrastructure must be a top priority for the Obama administration and the 111th Congress, American Rivers said today.  “Our country is reaching a crisis point when it comes… 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 »

Latest attack on clean, safe water passes the House

Washington, DC – The House of Representatives today voted to turn back the clock 40 years on clean water protections, in one of the most sweeping attacks on clean, safe water in our nation’s history. American Rivers and our partners have led the charge against this bill, and in support of clean water protections for… Read more »

Report: New water supply reservoirs risky ventures in the Southeast

Washington – Southeast U.S. communities should think twice before building new water supply reservoirs, according to a report released today by American Rivers. The report, Money Pit: The High Cost and High Risk of Water Supply Reservoirs in the Southeast, documents the financial risks and water resource risks tied to the development of new reservoirs… Read more »