Rain Garden Tips: Pre-Video Supplies

The next topic for our rain garden tip series is going to be evaluating your soil. I was going to trying making the video yesterday, but realized later in the day that I didn’t have the right supplies. So, unfortunately I think I’ll have to postpone the video until Friday or Monday, since I’m out… Read more »

States Vary on Sewage Right-to-Know Policy

Have you been enjoying your summer, splashing in your stream and swimming in your local lake? You may think you know whether it’s safe to take a dip, but depending on where you live, there’s a good chance you have no idea. Given that there is no consistent national standard requiring sewage system operators to… Read more »

Urban Rivers: Managing Clean Water In The City

USGS I’ll never forget the moment I watched, astonished, a tall man nonchalantly wad up his burger wrapper, step into the street, and toss it directly into the storm drain that led to the Chattahoochee River. How could he not know that streams in our cities are often right beneath us, hidden and buried away,… Read more »

More Clean Water In The Courts – The Accotink Creek Decision

Accotink Creek, VA | TrailVoice Recently we described the results of the Supreme Court’s decision in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which was a narrow one.  Another Clean Water Act case, Virginia Department of Transportation vs. Environmental Protection Agency [PDF] addresses the cleanup of Accotink Creek, a tributary… Read more »

Holding Polluters Accountable for Stormwater Runoff

Polluted runoff in Washington, DC from July thunderstorm | Stacey Detwiler When it rains in cities or suburban areas with lots of roads and rooftops, rainwater is unable to soak into the ground. Instead, it flows along the surface where it picks up pollutants like sediment, chemicals, oil, grease, or heavy metals. The runoff then… Read more »

Transforming Urban Gardens

Installation of Milkwaukee’s Southside urban community gardens | Sean Foltz American Rivers and the Garden District Neighborhood Association recently received a grant through Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District’s Green Infrastructure Partnership Program. The funding is helping transform an area on Milwaukee’s Southside into a sustainable showcase for urban community gardens across the country. A first of… Read more »

Where Does a River Flow?

Potomac River, DC, MD, VA | © Robert Pos Have you ever wondered where a river comes from and where it flows? The Department of Interior just released a new tool that lets you map out a river from its source in countless small headwater streams all the way downstream. All of our iconic rivers,… Read more »

A Ripple Effect: Restoring Protections Where Rivers are Born

Sign the Petition © Liz G. Deardorff Our Waters Are Connected I strongly support the administration relying on this science report to inform and advance rulemaking to protect these streams and wetlands as “Waters of the United States” that deserve the protection of the Clean Water Act. First Name Last Name Email* Zip Code*  … Read more »

Raingarden, Country-style

“What’s a raingarden?” our three-year old Giles asked over breakfast. “Perfect timing buddy, I just borrowed grandpa’s tractor, and we’re going to dig up the center of the driveway. Yeeha!” Instead of putting rainwater in pipes or letting it run down our driveway, I’m working on setting up a zero-runoff homesite: collecting and banking precious… Read more »