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 »

Great Lakes Workshop Addresses Stormwater Pollution

On July 22nd, American Rivers and Midwest Environmental Advocates will host a free hands-on workshop addressing local regulations and policies that can be changed to reduce runoff and improve the overall health of our rivers and streams.   This workshop, based on American Rivers’ publication Local Water Policy Innovation, will include topics such as understanding the… Read more »

A Big Day For Clean Water

Washington, DC – Today the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee took important steps towards protecting the nation’s clean water by passing an amended version of the Clean Water Restoration Act and Sewage Right-to-Know legislation in addition to reauthorizing the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act and the Great Lakes Legacy Act. American… Read more »

Talking Stormwater — Stormwater Messaging Tutorial now on-line

Here at American Rivers, we love to talk about polluted stormwater runoff. We can go on for hours about all those great things like bio-infiltration, construction general permits and performance standards. But as it turns out, we’re in the minority…. Most people don’t really think much about stormwater runoff, the problems it causes or what… 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 »