the Italian voice Last week, a study from the University of Minnesota found that increasing amounts of triclosan, an anti-microbial ingredient used in soaps, toothpastes, and even some over-the-counter drugs, were present in lakes across Minnesota. Researchers studied sediment cores from the bottoms of eight different lakes and found that levels of triclosan and its… Read more »
Flooding in Brooklyn, NY | © Adam Kuban It has been raining a ton here in DC over the last few weeks, and torrents of water gushing into storm drains and parked cars standing in flowing water up to their undercarriage has been a common sight on my daily commute. Flooded streets like these are… Read more »
Using Greener Strategies to Improve Clean Water with Stormwater Permits American Rivers is promoting green infrastructure solutions within state urban stormwater permits. Some of the greatest improvements to manage the impacts of stormwater can happen on urban landscapes: natural landscapes minimize stormwater runoff to just 10% while as much as 55% of rain runs directly… Read more »
Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for clean water and healthy rivers, today applauded Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) for introducing the ‘Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013’ in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Senator Udall and Representative Edwards’ bill builds on the growing momentum across the… Read more »
The PA Senate is scheduled to vote on HB1565 that would undermine rules for forested riparian buffers to protect streams. Buffers are valuable to clean water, habitats and communities; current regulations are critical to restoring and protecting PA Special Protection Waters.
Harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie caused the Toledo water crisis. American Rivers is working on green infrastructure solutions to help reduce nutrient pollution in local streams and rivers.
Washington, D.C. — What’s in your water? Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage lands in America’s waters, and most people have no idea. Today, lawmakers in the Senate took an important step towards changing that. The Committee on Environment and Public Works overwhelmingly approved legislation that would require the public… Read more »
New Report Calls for Federal Action to Improve Flood Protection, Other Policies in Face of Climate Change
Washington, D.C. – With floodwaters still threatening Mississippi River communities, American Rivers today released a report detailing the policy changes needed to protect communities from floods and other effects of climate change. The report recommends common sense changes to 10 areas of federal policy to better prepare communities for the effects of climate change and… Read more »
Next week, I have the pleasure of traveling with local officials from Northwest Ohio to the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee to learn about their green infrastructure programs and policies. This two-day tour will highlight both buildings and landscapes that protect our rivers through natural stormwater management by incorporating rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement,… Read more »
Stormwater. Urban runoff. The puddles and streams in the gutter that flow into storm drains and neighborhood creeks every time it rains. For many of us, it’s a problem that escapes our attention, but it’s a significant source of water pollution that makes beaches, lakes and rivers unsafe to swim or fish in, contributes to… Read more »