Green Infrastructure in Darby Creek, PA

Darby Creek drains 77 square miles bordering Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passes through the region’s oldest urban municipalities. Early settlement along the Darby relied upon mill dams for economic growth. And as the Darby watershed communities grew, wastewater and eventually drinking water infrastructure was developed. Today the dams no longer function as originally intended.  Instead they… Read more »

Our Capitol Hill Briefing on Climate Change

It’s been a big week for American Rivers and our work to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change. Last Thursday we released a new report, Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies are Preparing Communities for a Changing Climate, which details solutions that have already been implemented across the country and are making… 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 »

Clean Water for Maryland: Local Ordinances for Environmental Site Design

Read the full report Introduction Decades of rapid development and suburban sprawl throughout Maryland have burdened the state’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters with increasing amounts of polluted stormwater runoff. In 2007, the state took a major step towards reversing this growing threat by passing a law requiring the use of Environmental Site Design (ESD)… Read more »

Clean Water Infrastructure Funding

There is an immediate need to significantly reinvest in repairing and replacing America’s traditional water and wastewater infrastructure. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the nation must invest $390 billion over a 20 year period to update or replace existing wastewater systems or risk having water quality regress to mid-1970s pollution levels.  American Rivers is… Read more »

Stormwater Messaging Tutorial: Messages for Change

The goal of the Stormwater Messaging Tutorial is to teach participants a process to develop messages that will be effective in persuading their local leaders to take action to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and increase green infrastructure at the local level. The presentation integrates communications tools with specific research on how local leaders understand the… Read more »

Greener Streets with Stimulus Money

Right down the road from where I live, the town of Edmonston is getting help in reducing local flooding and pollution with funding from the green reserve portion of the economic stimulus, something that American Rivers helped secure. Working with our colleagues at the Low Impact Development Center, Edmonston will be retrofitting a street by… Read more »

North Carolina – Opening the Door to Green Infrastructure

On the last day of June NC Governor Beverly Perdue signed into law a bill that will begin the process of cleaning up the popular Jordan Lake in the Research Triangle area of NC.  The lake was in trouble from day one with predictions of high pollution levels if the US Army Corps of Engineers… Read more »

Go Green This Summer: Save Water, Save Money, and Prevent Pollution

Toledo, OH — Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan residents have a great opportunity to save money and water by purchasing discounted rain barrels, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the Toledo Stormwater Program, the Rain Garden Initiative of Toledo – Lucas County, and The New England Rain Barrel Company. Rain barrels help residents use… Read more »