State Revolving Fund — One Step Forward

The Senate just introduced their version of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) that provides funding for water infrastructure throughout the country. The bill is good in that it provides much needed money for our crumbling water infrastructure, and authorizes EPA’s WaterSense program that promotes water efficient products. Additionally, the bill… Read more »

What is Happening with the 2011 Most Endangered Rivers?

Each spring American Rivers releases our top ten list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  It is a day full of both angst and hope.  Of course, no river really wants to have the dubious distinction of being under such a great threat as to make “the list”.  Most rivers would rather flow freely- babbling along… Read more »

The Clean Water Act Through the Generations

Michael Paul Growing up in Georgia, my sister and I spent countless hours walking the banks of our little creek, crossing fallen logs, racing stick boats, and looking for buried treasure that we were sure lay beneath the sandbars. It didn’t matter to us that our creek was known officially on maps only as “an… Read more »

Why Clean Rivers?

This is a guest blog post from Samantha Wright, Project Scientist at FB Environmental Associates, Inc. Samantha writes about the importance of the Clean Water Act to her work as an environmental scientist. Rain gardens help to reduce stormwater runoff and protect clean water | Samantha Wright As an environmental scientist living in coastal New… Read more »

8th Annual Winooski River Cleanup with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Volunteers work together to cleanup the Winooski River, VT | Lynsey Knowles Last week I had the pleasure of participating in Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s (GMCR) 8th Annual Winooski River Cleanup as part of National River Cleanup®.  The five day river cleanup was attended by 240 employees in Waterbury, Vermont as part of Community Action… Read more »

Salmon, stormwater and streets – a toxic mix

Alan Lande, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio Have you ever seen one of those fish drawings near the street on a storm drain – a stencil saying something like, “don’t dump, drains to stream.” And even though you might think of salmon as all living in pristine, beautiful rivers, it turns out that polluted stormwater runoff… Read more »

Protecting Special Places is Important for Local Businesses

Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jane and Steve Koschak, owners of River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. in Ely, Minnesota.  They discuss the impact that mining would have on their local business. Take Action to Protect theBoundary Waters Urge President Obama,… Read more »

Holding Polluters Accountable for Stormwater Runoff

Polluted runoff in Washington, DC from July thunderstorm | Stacey Detwiler When it rains in cities or suburban areas with lots of roads and rooftops, rainwater is unable to soak into the ground. Instead, it flows along the surface where it picks up pollutants like sediment, chemicals, oil, grease, or heavy metals. The runoff then… Read more »