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 »

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… Read more »

Preserving Urban Rivers in Detroit and Across the Great Lakes

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Johannes Dreisbach. Detroit River | Mike Russell In the early 1900s, Detroit became one of the largest cities in the United States, and the Detroit River played a major role.  The river is 28 miles long and serves as the international border between Canada and the… Read more »

Clean Water Challenges in a Changing Climate

American Rivers’ Clean Water program is at the forefront of the movement to create a new approach to water management, an approach that values the clean water benefits provided by natural landscapes and innovative stormwater management techniques. Our goal is to ensure enough clean water for communities and ecosystems by implementing green infrastructure solutions and… Read more »

Millions of Gallons of Polluted Runoff

Tell the EPA that it’s time to take the lead in moving forward on these critical updates to protect clean water and public health. I live in Arlington County, Virginia where hard surfaces like roads and rooftops that are impervious to water make up 42 percent of the landscape. Existing, new, and redevelopment in Arlington,… Read more »

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 »