Infrastructure at the Forefront in Disasters

Wastewater treatment plant in New York It can be easy to forget just how important our water infrastructure can be, until a catastrophic event like Hurricane Sandy comes along and knocks these systems out of commission. Some coastal areas experienced massive wastewater treatment plant failures, causing untreated sewage to flow into nearby rivers, and people… Read more »

Shampoo, Soap, and Toothpaste: The New Water Pollution?

the Italian voice Last week, a study from the University of Minnesota found that increasing amounts of triclosan, an anti-microbial ingredient used in soaps, toothpastes, and even some over-the-counter drugs, were present in lakes across Minnesota. Researchers studied sediment cores from the bottoms of eight different lakes and found that levels of triclosan and its… Read more »

State Stormwater Permits

Using Greener Strategies to Improve Clean Water with Stormwater Permits American Rivers is promoting green infrastructure solutions within state urban stormwater permits. Some of the greatest improvements to manage the impacts of stormwater can happen on urban landscapes: natural landscapes minimize stormwater runoff to just 10% while as much as 55% of rain runs directly… Read more »

Why Care for Small Streams?

Garden Canyon River, AZ | © Arizona Office of Tourism Our Waters Are Connected You may know them simply as a small creek running through the backyard, or the little stream that only appears when it rains. They may not consistently flow with water or even have a name, but headwater streams are where all… Read more »

Looking Ahead to Restoration of Gravel Run

Centreville Dam During the long days of summer, for many, a trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge means a jaunt to Ocean City, Maryland, or Rehoboth, Delaware. I’m now an old hand at resisting the siren call of the sandy beaches and ocean waves as I exit off of MD-301 and head for the quaint… Read more »

Senate Committee Approves Sewage Legislation to Safeguard Public Health

Washington, D.C. — What’s in your water?  Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage lands in America’s waters, and most people have no idea. Today, lawmakers in the Senate took an important step towards changing that. The Committee on Environment and Public Works overwhelmingly approved legislation that would require the public… Read more »

Cistern at Center for Green Technology in Chicago

Next week, I have the pleasure of traveling with local officials from Northwest Ohio to the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee to learn about their green infrastructure programs and policies. This two-day tour will highlight both buildings and landscapes that protect our rivers through natural stormwater management by incorporating rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement,… Read more »