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 spill in TN is example of national clean water threat

Washington, DC -  A massive sewage spill in Tennessee Tuesday killed two workers and sent millions of gallons of sewage into the Little Pigeon River, which flows through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Katherine Baer, senior director of the clean water program at American Rivers, made the following statement: “This accident is a tragedy and our hearts… Read more »

Securing Clean Drinking Water in an Uncertain Future

Floods, droughts, and now cholera? While we know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather, scientists report that this increase in extreme stormwater could “set the stage for a return of cholera to North America.”  Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are often the ones to bear the brunt of… Read more »

New Guide Helps Municipalities Monetize the Value of Green Infrastructure

CHICAGO — Quantifying the economic value of green infrastructure’s benefits is the key to helping municipalities adopt this innovative and cost-effective stormwater management approach, according to a new report by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and American Rivers.  “The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits” is… Read more »

The Value of Green Infrastructure

Download the Full Report (PDF) “The Value of Green Infrastructure” provides a framework to help communities measure and value the air quality, energy use, and many other benefits that green infrastructure provides. It allows communities to more accurately compare different infrastructure investments and choose the option that provides the greatest long-term benefit. Green Infrastructure for… Read more »

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 »

Key Legislation You Should Know

Here are some key legislation pieces that we have been working on recently:  H.R. 3534: The CLEAR ActThanks to your help the House passed the CLEAR Act, a comprehensive response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf.  The bill fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which assesses a fee on offshore oil and… Read more »

House May Correct Bad Policies of the Past with Oil Spill Legislation

The Gulf oil spill brought to light the impact that disasters like this have on the lands and waters that belong to all Americans. We rely on the government to make sure the oil and gas companies are acting responsibly because when things go wrong our communities and ecosystems both suffer. Without stronger oversight and… Read more »

The STOPS Runoff Act: Treating Stormwater Where it Falls

Last week, Senator Cardin introduced the STOPS Runoff Act (S. 3602) that will reduce polluted stormwater runoff from federally funded highway and road projects. Roads are a major source of polluted stormwater runoff because rainwater that falls is unable to infiltrate these hard surfaces and soak into the ground. Instead, this water runs along the surface of… Read more »