Maryland Can Lead the Way — for Innovative Stormwater Management

For clean water, I’m proud to be a Marylander, or is that a terrapin, or – well you get it. Back in 2007, Maryland passed the Environmental Site Design law, a proactive and innovative approach to controlling polluted stormwater runoff. The law requires that sites use environmental site design to the maximum extent practicable. The state… Read more »

New Years Resolutions for Rivers

Good thing that rivers don’t have to lose weight or else this would be pretty boring… In 2009, our rivers will face the same things we all will – a changing climate and a major economic recession, both of which will cause profound social and environmental change. As the climate continues to warm, we’ll see… Read more »

Polluters Getting Away — Clean Water Act Not Enforced

Our streams and rivers are far from clean – pollution from urban runoff and farms are significant sources that are challenging to control. One thing that the Clean Water Act makes clear is that “point source” pollution – water pollution from sewage treatment, industrial plants and other sources must meet pollution limits. However, in an… Read more »

Rain Gardens: A Top Priority for Girl Scouts of the USA in 2012

Time to start 2012 off right! Last month the Girl Scouts of the USA announced its 100th Anniversary Take Action Project Girl Scouts Forever Green, which includes projects focused on waste reduction, energy conservation and rain gardens. Rain gardens improve water quality by infiltrating and reducing water-born pollutants running into streams, rivers, and other water… Read more »

Still Time for Rivers to Benefit in the Lame Duck

I have a sense of déjà vu this month as another session of Congress quickly comes to a close with a logjam of un-passed water and land bills still awaiting votes in the Senate. Just like late in 2008, the House and Senate Committees have approved dozens of environmental bills that will significantly benefit rivers,… Read more »

Testifying on Green Infrastructure

Last week I had the opportunity to testify at a House hearing about a new EPA initiative called “integrated permitting.” The Agency’s idea is to look at ways to evaluate various Clean Water Act requirements together to see how they could be integrated. For example, if a city has pollution problems from urban stormwater runoff… Read more »

Turning Ripples Into Waves on the Black Warrior

American Rivers has had some great partners for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ program this year. Our listings can help shake things up and garner attention for rivers that people across the country may never otherwise hear about. A great example of this action is happening for the Black Warrior River in Alabama (#8 Most Endangered River of… Read more »

Will the Delaware River Basin Soon be Fracked Up?

Tell the Delaware River Basin Commission to vote “NO” on fracking on Nov. 21st! The fate of America’s Most Endangered River™ of 2010 could be determined this month in a critical vote on natural gas regulations.    The tension in the region is palpable, even from my desk here in Washington, D.C.  On November 21, the… Read more »

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »