EPA misses another opportunity to reduce stormwater pollution

Every time it rains or winter snows melt, the water you see pooling up along streets and sidewalks carries bits of road salt, oil, gravel, and other pollution into local streams and rivers. With my colleagues here at American Rivers we’ve helped communities build green infrastructure projects that keep runoff out of our waters and… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Solutions for Your Property

Managing stormwater on your home or property can make a big difference for the rivers and streams close to home. Green infrastructure (also referred to as Low Impact Design, or LID) is an easy and cost-effective way to do so.  Here’s how you can get started: Know your local conditions Downspout connecting directly to a… Read more »

It Is Time To Rethink The Cost Of Water

This is a guest blog by Stacy Tellinghuisen. Stacy is a Senior Energy/Water Policy Analyst at Western Resource Advocates, where she works to promote strategies that protect the West’s clean air, rivers, and colorful landscapes. The proposed Flaming Gorge Pipeline would cost nearly $7 billion! | © Randen Pederson Water projects are expensive; in fact,… Read more »

South Carolina Takes Step to Protect Clean Water, Public Health

Columbia, SC — Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage foul America’s waters and threaten public health, but most people have no idea that these spills occur in their local rivers and streams. Last month, thanks to the advocacy of American Rivers and our partners, the South Carolina General Assembly… Read more »

Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011′ Introduced to House

Representative Edwards’ bill is an important step forward in addressing polluted stormwater runoff by prioritizing smart stormwater management strategies that work with the natural landscape to infiltrate and reuse rainwater where it falls to protect our clean water supplies. By providing opportunities and establishing mechanisms for communities to pursue green infrastructure solutions, this approach can… Read more »

Getting Serious about Climate Change Adaptation

The climate change headlines haven’t been very encouraging lately. Climate and energy legislation is going nowhere fast in Congress. While the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive bill last June, the Senate has been unable to secure the votes for a similar bill. Efforts by Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman stalled last… 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 »

Paving Paradise with PAH Parking Lots

Instead of plodding through D.C.’s slushy streets one weekend back in December, I was happily swimming in Austin’s Barton Springs during a trip with my sister, Rachel. Swimming outside in December is a rarity, but as a spring fed pool the water there stays at about 70 degrees year round, good enough even for me,… Read more »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… 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 »