A Clean Water Solution: The Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard

  The new Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard (GIPS) guide will help cities upgrade their water infrastructure and reduce polluted stormwater runoff Who would have thought that our water pollution problems could be solved by the 1%? Well, not the 1% of the well off, but by 1% increments. That is the concept behind the new… Read more »

A Bleak Assessment for Rivers

Fishing on the Blanco Wetlands in Colorado | Bureau of Land Management Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a study [PDF] which assesses the health of rivers and streams across the country. While the good news is that the National Rivers and Streams Assessment (NRSA) provides important data to monitor river health; the… Read more »

Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Initiatives

Rain barrel | American Rivers When it rains polluted stormwater often pours directly into rivers from dirty streets and parking lots, or into overburdened wastewater and drinking water treatment systems.  This poses a health hazard for people, as well as fish and wildlife To reduce the effects of stormwater, American Rivers works on the local, state… Read more »

Managing Stormwater for Safe Swimming

Fish kill on the Choptank River in Maryland, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay | © eutrophication&hypoxia Here on the east coast we’re in the midst of a heat wave and some of our major waterways are unsafe for a cool swim. At Jones Falls in Baltimore’s inner-harbor hundreds of fish are dying. Experts are… Read more »

Investing In Clean Rivers For A Healthy Chesapeake Bay: New Report

Cities and counties in the Bay states are behind schedule implementing permit controls to reduce stormwater runoff | © Jayme Frye The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has released a new report, “Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Chesapeake Bay Region’s Ecology, Economy and Health.” Storm event runoff pollutes thousands of… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Proposed to Clean the Susquehanna

Susquehanna Reading Railroad Bridge | Jayme Frye The Susquehanna River, the Chesapeake Bay’s largest tributary will be a little cleaner as a result of last week’s agreement amongst the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Harrisburg and the authority that manages the area’s stormwater, drinking water and wastewater,… Read more »

Groups Petition EPA to Protect Rivers, Coastal Areas From Polluted Runoff

WASHINGTON, DC — Conservation groups filed petitions today urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority to safeguard rivers, lakes, and streams from polluted runoff from existing commercial, industrial, and institutional sites that are currently failing to adequately control their pollution. Polluted runoff – rainwater that picks up oil, dirt and toxins while… Read more »

Endangered River’ victory on the Chicago River

Chicago – American Rivers today announced a major victory for the Chicago River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011. American Rivers commended the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Chicago for acting on the recommendations in the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report and voting to disinfect sewage wastewater, which will significantly improve public… Read more »

Flooding and Raw Sewage

We just released American Rivers eight point flood response agenda as recovery from the devastating midwest floods begins. As my colleague Will Hewes reports, sewage treatment is yet another flooding casualty: The flood waters that devastated the Midwest last month have receded, and the long process of recovery is underway. While the news headlines have… Read more »