Rain Garden Tips: Soil

Last week I wrote a brief intro for my blog post on testing your soil, and below is the video I promised. You’ll see why I wanted you all to get some supplies. A couple things I forgot to mention in the video: Even if your soils don’t drain well, and replacing your soils with… Read more »

Survey Supports Smart Stormwater Rules

Green infrastructure | Credit Sean Foltz Some cities have gone full force in trying to plant more trees, provide incentives for green roofs and use other techniques like rain gardens that cost-effectively reduce polluted stormwater runoff, flooding and sewer overflows. Places like Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Toledo are all investing in these techniques. As more funding… Read more »

Alexandra Cousteau Talks Sustainable Water Management

Alexandra Cousteau and myself at GreenTown conference | Katie Rousseau Last week’s GreenTown conference was the first step in a long process towards sustainability for the City of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio. In a joint effort, the City and County along with many other local folks put together this conference that not only told… Read more »

Cuts to Clean Water Hurt Jobs

Stormwater in Columbia, MO | Andrew Wamboldt A 2008 study [PDF] found that every dollar invested in water and sewer infrastructure increases the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $6.35 in the long term. The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis found that for every dollar generated as revenue from the water and sewer industry,… Read more »

News: Pennsylvania Stormwater Can Be Managed By Municipal Authorities

Combined sewage overflows (CSO) in West Haven, CT | © Christopher Zurcher Pennsylvania municipalities will have a new tool in their stormwater management toolbox—one that significantly hinges regulatory hammers, best management practice levers and funding drivers together— the legal flexibility to form authorities, sometimes referred to as utilities, to plan and manage stormwater. Governor Corbett… Read more »

Sewage Problems and Solutions

The Clean Water Act has vastly increased the level of wastewater treatment in this country.  Currently over 200 million people are served by treatment plants that provide secondary or more advanced treatment, up from 140 million served by wastewater treatment, often at a minimal level in the late 1960s before the Act was passed. However,… Read more »

New Green Infrastructure Plan

Trinity Church green roof in Milwaukee, WI | © Mike Jozwik Just recently, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Commission approved a new Regional Green Infrastructure Plan for their service area. American Rivers played a role in helping the lead consultants CH2M HILL and CDM SMITH in some of the planning efforts. The plan calls for… Read more »

New Report Shows How Green Infrastructure Investments Can Create Value for Commercial Property Owners and Tenants

This blog was originally posted by Larry Levine on NRDC’s Switchboard. “Green infrastructure” in urban and suburban areas – that is, techniques like green roofs, tree plantings, rain gardens, and permeable pavement, which absorb rainwater near where it falls – is proven to help solve major water pollution problems. These water management practices store rainwater… Read more »

Restoration, Stormwater, and Flood Management in the Sierra Foothills

Starting this month, American Rivers is launching a new multi-benefit project in the Wolf Creek Watershed, a major tributary to the Bear River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Wolf Creek has historically been neglected and under-appreciated, in a community where the local waterway has not been a priority. Years of rapid urbanization in… Read more »

House Lawmakers Approve Sewage Notification Legislation

Washington, DC — What’s in your water? It’s a question, that if posed to Americans, most wouldn’t be able to answer. In fact, 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 House took an important step… Read more »