How Much are Safe Drinking Water, Clean Rivers Worth?

Outdated stormwater infrastructure puts clean drinking water at risk. Congress must invest now to protect against sewage overflows. According to the most recent House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for the Department of Interior, the EPA, and other related programs, safe drinking water and clean rivers aren’t worth very much. In the subcommittee’s… Read more »

Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management in CA

Green infrastructure filtering parking lot runoff | Josh Miller When rainwater can’t soak into the ground, it runs along streets and parking lots as stormwater and picks up pollutants. This polluted runoff flows into our rivers and streams and during heavy rains can overwhelm local infrastructure, causing flooding and sewage overflows into streams. California’s Sierra… Read more »

Go Green This Spring: Save Water, Save Money, and Prevent Pollution

Toledo, OH — For the first time this year, Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan residents have the 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… 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 »

Sewage Bacteria Makes Chicago River One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Chicago, Ill. – The daily discharge of 1.2 billion gallons of undisinfected sewage effluent into the Chicago River system threatens public health and has earned the river a place on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers. Supporting over six million residents regionally, the Chicago… Read more »

Give A Green Boost To The Economy

This post by American Rivers President Rebecca Wodder originally appeared on Treehugger.com: What our economy needs right now is a whole lot of green: Green jobs, green projects and green investments that will boost local economies while improving our environment and quality of life. (read Katherine’s post, Ring Around the (Green) Collar) Congress is looking… Read more »

Healthy Rivers and Vibrant Cities

Lenexa, KS used green infrasture stormwater management to improve water quality, while also creating new recreational opportunities | USEPAgov Healthy rivers and vibrant cities go together – a Gallup poll reported that people who are more satisfied with their cities are those with access to clean and safe water. Like our work in Milwaukee, using… Read more »

Pennsylvania supports Philadelphia plan for green infrastructure

In my recent blog, I mentioned Philadelphia’s “Green City, Clean Water” plan “ to develop sustainable water management and minimize costs for water treatment caused in part by stormwater run-off from the city’s broad expanse of pavement, rooftops and sidewalks.” On one hand it’s an innovative and ambitious plan. .. On the other hand, “Green… Read more »

Saving the Sound, One Watershed at a Time

Everyday, I look out my window and see Fishermen’s Terminal, a hub for boats of all types: commercial fishing boats, small cruise ships, and other vessels. The boats docked at Fishermen’s Terminal are floating on freshwater and just around the corner the boats use the Ballard Locks to enter the saltwater of Puget Sound. Yesterday’s… Read more »