Jumpstart the Economy by Going Green!

National environmental groups are working hard to present information to the Obama transition team on how to invest wisely in green infrastructure and jumpstart the economy. Check out this press release for some details. I attended the press conference on Capitol Hill where Betsy Otto, American Rivers’ Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, represented the groups… 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 »

Congressional Investigation Details Decline of Clean Water Act Enforcement

Washington, D.C. – American Rivers today applauded House of Representatives Committee Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and James L. Oberstar for seeking the truth on the Bush Administration’s failure to enforce the Clean Water Act and called on Congress to swiftly pass the Clean Water Restoration Act. Melissa Samet, senior director of water resources for American Rivers… Read more »

Obama Transition Team Receives American Rivers’ Recommendations

We are facing an unprecedented opportunity to significantly transform our country’s approach to water. Last week, American Rivers presented “Clean Water and Healthy Communities: Recommendations to the Obama Administration” to the President-elect’s transition team. The document outlines overarching themes and recommendations for the new Administration and details specific ideas for water agencies and issue areas. Back… Read more »

American Rivers Opens New Western Pennsylvania Office in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today announced that it has opened a new Western Pennsylvania Field Office in Pittsburgh and that Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy will serve as Associate Director for River Restoration to help Pennsylvania communities remove unsafe and outdated dams. Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy is a member of the American Institute of… 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Washington, DC – With the nation’s sewer systems, pipes, and levees outdated and crumbling, and with global warming threatening communities with more intense floods and droughts, water infrastructure must be a top priority for the Obama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 »

Economic Stimulus Bill Should Include Critical Clean Water Investments

Read our testimony at www.AmericanRivers.org/EconomicStimulusTestimony Washington, DC — Investments in the nation’s clean water infrastructure should be a key part of any economic stimulus bill, American Rivers said today in testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. American Rivers called on Congress to appropriate at least 16 percent of clean water and drinking water… Read more »