Toledo’s Water Ban Lifted: Now What?

Take Action: Sign the Petition Protect My Rivers and Clean Water The algal bloom in Lake Erie spotlights that we can’t take our clean water for granted. Communities that rely on the Great Lakes for their main source of drinking water need better plans to keep their source water free from contamination. Urge Lake Erie… Read more »

Urban Farms: Providing Food and Protecting Watersheds

Real Food Farm’s Perlman Place Site in Baltimore, MD | Civic Works’ Real Food Farm What if there was a way to reduce stormwater runoff as well as provide access to healthy food in low income urban areas?  What if this practice was being done in cities across the Nation? Farms are not just for… Read more »

Stronger Stormwater Safeguards Needed to Protect Maryland’s Clean Water

Click here to read the Maryland Stormwater Consortium’s letter of recommendations to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Maryland — As the State of Maryland considers how to reduce stormwater pollution from roads, lawns and parking lots, American Rivers and the Maryland Stormwater Consortium today announced three critical steps the state must take to protect clean water…. Read more »

New American Rivers office in Milwaukee will focus on protecting clean water

Milwaukee — American Rivers announced today that it has opened a new office in Milwaukee that will focus on protecting clean water. Sean Foltz, former executive director of the Midwest Lakes Policy Center, will spearhead the organization’s efforts in Milwaukee.  American Rivers, headquartered in Washington, DC, has offices around the country and has played a… Read more »

Saluda River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Clean water and quality of life will be increasingly at risk unless sewage pollution in the Saluda River is reduced. This threat landed the Saluda in the number six spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2009 edition. The Saluda provides drinking water for more than 500,000 people, is a hotspot for recreation, and contributes… Read more »

Go Green — New Infrastructure

Buffers, wetlands, and green roofs, hooray! Green infrastructure, the use of soil and plants to filter and treat water on-site, is really catching on. This includes preserving natural landscape features like streamside buffer zones as well as well as recreating landscape features by using techniques like rain gardens and swales. Green infrastructure works to help… 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 »

Protect Public Health and Clean Water

Clean water is vital for public health. From the streams where we swim, the rivers where we fish and not to mention the water we drink. And yet, billions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage flow into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. Polluted stormwater runoff triggers sewer overflows, beach closures and… Read more »

Sewage Right to Know Passes House

Have you heard a lot about unsafe tomatoes lately? I have – when I bought a sandwich the other day the cashier made sure to tell me that they were not serving any tomatoes. We’ve heard about it because the FDA and CDC have a system in place to track these outbreaks and alert consumers… Read more »

Transforming Urban Gardens

Installation of Milkwaukee’s Southside urban community gardens | Sean Foltz American Rivers and the Garden District Neighborhood Association recently received a grant through Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District’s Green Infrastructure Partnership Program. The funding is helping transform an area on Milwaukee’s Southside into a sustainable showcase for urban community gardens across the country. A first of… Read more »