Advancing Green Infrastructure

While there is a growing national spotlight on the need to reinvest in America’s infrastructure, there is little discussion about how to make smarter investments to protect the water our communities rely on given the threats posed by a changing climate. Using green infrastructure is one example of a smart investment that has multiple benefits… Read more »

The Business Case for Sustainability

J.W. Winco’s sedum green roof now saves their business money and reduces stormwater runoff | © Sean Foltz We can all play an important role in improving our local rivers, and redesigning your property is just one step in this process. This is why American Rivers has been busy over the last several years connecting… Read more »

Using Urban Farms as a Green Infrastructure Tool

Billboard at Civic Works Real Food Farm | Jenny Hughes Polluted runoff is a major source of pollution for the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocations were set as pollution caps that have an accompanying implementation plan that will ultimately restore the Bay’s water quality. All communities within the Chesapeake… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Projects in Pennsylvania Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulating the economy, and American Rivers and its partners have identified 29 examples of ready-to-go projects in Pennsylvania worth over $153 million that would not only create jobs and jumpstart the economy,… Read more »

A 21st Century Flood Management Strategy for the Southeast

(Washington, DC) –  American Rivers voiced support today for efforts to help communities across Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi recover from recent floods and released a four point plan to prevent dangerous and damaging floods in the future. In Tennessee, after heavy rains dumped over 13 inches on May 1 and 2, Cumberland and Tennessee River… Read more »

Are You Swimming in Sewage?

Do you enjoy splashing in your stream and swimming in your local lake? Does your dog jump into your local creek at every chance? You may think you know whether it’s safe to be in the water, but depending on where you live, there’s a good chance you have no idea… and with hundreds of… Read more »

Great Lakes – An Environmental History Lesson

While my colleagues and I write and make videos on rain gardens, rain barrels, the importance of addressing stormwater pollution, and in general using green infrastructure to improve our rivers, I think it’s important to keep in mind why we do this. Ask anybody who is involved in conservation, whether it’s their job, they participate… Read more »

Keeping Chemicals Out of Rivers

Representative Slaughter Introduces Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act A few summers ago, I spent a day paddling down the Schuylkill River. Not along the scenic headwaters, as you might imagine, but right in downtown Philadelphia. There’s nothing quite like seeing a city from the river in a kayak! Across the country, people are getting back to their… Read more »

Putting People to Work, the Green Infrastructure Way

As river advocates, we tend to talk a lot about polluted stormwater runoff, and the need to reduce pollution from our streets, parking lots and roofs that ends up in our rivers every time it rains.  Building more green infrastructure, such as green roofs and rain gardens, is becoming a very promising approach to reducing… Read more »