Remember John Cromwell, A River Champion

The clean water community lost a kind, innovative and dedicated colleague with the death of John Cromwell in December. I knew John for a relatively short time – we served together on an Aspen Institute panel on sustainable infrastructure over the course of a year and a half.  At that time, John was in remission… Read more »

Testifying on Green Infrastructure

Last week I had the opportunity to testify at a House hearing about a new EPA initiative called “integrated permitting.” The Agency’s idea is to look at ways to evaluate various Clean Water Act requirements together to see how they could be integrated. For example, if a city has pollution problems from urban stormwater runoff… Read more »

A Clean Water Solution: The Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard

  The new Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard (GIPS) guide will help cities upgrade their water infrastructure and reduce polluted stormwater runoff Who would have thought that our water pollution problems could be solved by the 1%? Well, not the 1% of the well off, but by 1% increments. That is the concept behind the new… Read more »

A Bleak Assessment for Rivers

Fishing on the Blanco Wetlands in Colorado | Bureau of Land Management Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a study [PDF] which assesses the health of rivers and streams across the country. While the good news is that the National Rivers and Streams Assessment (NRSA) provides important data to monitor river health; the… Read more »

Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Initiatives

Rain barrel | American Rivers When it rains polluted stormwater often pours directly into rivers from dirty streets and parking lots, or into overburdened wastewater and drinking water treatment systems.  This poses a health hazard for people, as well as fish and wildlife To reduce the effects of stormwater, American Rivers works on the local, state… Read more »

How Much are Safe Drinking Water, Clean Rivers Worth?

Outdated stormwater infrastructure puts clean drinking water at risk. Congress must invest now to protect against sewage overflows. According to the most recent House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for the Department of Interior, the EPA, and other related programs, safe drinking water and clean rivers aren’t worth very much. In the subcommittee’s… Read more »

Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management in CA

Green infrastructure filtering parking lot runoff | Josh Miller When rainwater can’t soak into the ground, it runs along streets and parking lots as stormwater and picks up pollutants. This polluted runoff flows into our rivers and streams and during heavy rains can overwhelm local infrastructure, causing flooding and sewage overflows into streams. California’s Sierra… Read more »

Groups Petition EPA to Protect Rivers, Coastal Areas From Polluted Runoff

WASHINGTON, DC — Conservation groups filed petitions today urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority to safeguard rivers, lakes, and streams from polluted runoff from existing commercial, industrial, and institutional sites that are currently failing to adequately control their pollution. Polluted runoff – rainwater that picks up oil, dirt and toxins while… Read more »