Advancing Green Infrastructure

While there is a growing national spotlight on the need to reinvest in America’s infrastructure, there is little discussion about how to make smarter investments to protect the water our communities rely on given the threats posed by a changing climate. Using green infrastructure is one example of a smart investment that has multiple benefits… Read more »

Follow the Money: An Agenda for Smarter Infrastructure Funding in the Great Lakes

Executive Summary Our national priorities drive our public investments. The reverse is also true: Where and how we spend public water infrastructure dollars drives future investment priorities. These decisions also have a material impact on the water quality of our communities and the Great Lakes as a whole. Each year the federal government, states, municipalities… Read more »

Protecting Wisconsin’s Waters: Better Oversight of Development is Necessary to Prevent Runoff Pollution

 From the Sugar River south of Madison to the Lake Michigan shoreline, the excess flow of runoff pollution into Wisconsin’s waterways has led to serious water quality problems, including impaired drinking water quality, degraded wildlife habitat and uncontrolled sewage overflows. These problems extend downstream, from contamination in the Great Lakes to the dead zone that… Read more »

What’s In Your Water: The State of Public Notification in 11 U.S. States

Executive Summary Our clean water is threatened by aging, overburdened sewer systems that overflow more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially-treated sewage into our rivers and streams every year. Sewage spills threaten public health, spoil recreation, hinder economic values, and harm wildlife. As pipes age and the population grows, America’s overburdened wastewater infrastructure… Read more »

Information on Water Efficiency Stimulus Funding

Greening Water Infrastructure What Funding Is Available? What You Need To Do To Leverage Clean Water and Drinking Water SRF Additional Resources An economic stimulus package has passed that will create jobs and help the economy recover from the worsening recession (Learn more about American Rivers Legislative Effort on the Stimulus). A portion of spending… Read more »

Using Green Infrastructure in Karst Regions

Read the Full Report (PDF) Introduction For decades rapid development around the country has led to a proliferation of impervious surfaces, such as rooftops and parking lots, making stormwater runoff one of the leading causes of water pollution in the country. Rainwater collects on impervious surfaces, picks up contaminants and flows into local streams and rivers…. Read more »