Daily Show this Thurs: Can Jon Stewart make the water crisis funny?

        Tune in to The Daily Show this Thursday, July 16 to watch American Rivers science advisor Robert Glennon discuss America’s growing water crisis and his new book, Unquenchable.   From Island Press: Robert Glennon captures the irony—and tragedy—of America’s water crisis in a book that is both frightening and wickedly comical…. Read more »

Ensure Funding for Critical Conservation Programs: Call Your Senators Today!

Last week, the House of Representatives passed its Fiscal Year 2012 Agricultural Appropriations spending bill with deep cuts to funding for conservation programs.  The $1 billion in cuts to conservation programs are in addition to the $500 million reduction passed just a few months ago in the Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations bill.  These dramatic cuts… Read more »

Fracking With Diesel

Take Action To Protect Rivers From Diesel ContaminationFrom Fracking Tell the EPA that you support restricting the use of diesel in fracking by July 9th! Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been developing permitting guidance for hydraulic fracturing operations using diesel. The guidance will be the first federal policy focused on protecting drinking… Read more »

Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding

American Rivers recently completed retrofitting over 12 acres of impervious surface in the Wilson Park Creek Subwatershed. One of the projects was a 4,987 square foot roof at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s building at 4707 S. 13th St. which houses a school that serves grades 6th-12th. The gymnasium roof is overlooked by over 13… Read more »

High Demand for Innovative Water Infrastructure Investment: New Report Details Investment in Green Infrastructure and Water Efficiency

Since the stimulus bill passed almost two years ago, we’ve been closely watching spending of water infrastructure money, specifically the dedicated funding for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmental innovation. Leading up to passage of the stimulus, American Rivers and our partners put together a national ready-to-go list of smart, green infrastructure projects that… Read more »

Is your beach safe for swimming?

For too many Americans, a swim at the local river or beach also means a nasty rash, ear infection, or illness. Swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the country (after walking), but pollution in the water from sewage or street runoff can really put a damper on summer fun. In 2010, water… Read more »

Making Our Communities SAFE

The increasing trends of extreme weather we’ve seen over the last couple of years have just been confirmed; last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report found that the number of extreme events: increasing temperature, drought, rainfall and flooding, are in fact long term trends, so we’d all better get ready! Preparing… Read more »

New Green Infrastructure Legislation introduced in Congress

Thanks to Representative Donna Edwards, and co-sponsors Russ Carnahan and Steve Driehaus, a groundbreaking new piece of legislation was introduced December 3rd that would significantly help advance green infrastructure throughout the country.  The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2009, if it makes it into law, would create up to five green infrastructure centers… Read more »

Permeable Pavement Makes Local Headlines

Back in June, I wrote about permeable pavement in cooler climates.  At that time, permeable pavement was still a fairly new idea in Northwest Ohio and I think it took some time to digest as a real alternative in stormwater management.  Over the past two weeks, Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara has brought new light… Read more »

Rain Barrels Available

Yes, it is that time of year again when the weather starts to warm and we wait for our plants to grow. So, while we are patiently waiting for some form of life to appear from the ground, we should start thinking about installing our rain barrel. I’ve seen several outside already, but I would caution against… Read more »