Protecting Our Clean Water with the STOPS Runoff Act

Today, Senator Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the STOPS Runoff Act of 2011 that will reduce polluted runoff from federally funded highways and roads. It’s hard to believe that the streets and highways we drive on every day are one of the leading sources of water pollution. But think about it – with over 985,139 miles of… Read more »

Sewage Right To Know Passes In New York

Summer is here and its time to boat, swim and yes, paddleboard, in our rivers and lakes. But to keep safe and healthy and with hundreds of billions of raw and partially treated sewage still getting into our waters every year, you really need to know if and when there’s been a sewage spill. As… Read more »

Transforming Urban Gardens

Installation of Milkwaukee’s Southside urban community gardens | Sean Foltz American Rivers and the Garden District Neighborhood Association recently received a grant through Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District’s Green Infrastructure Partnership Program. The funding is helping transform an area on Milwaukee’s Southside into a sustainable showcase for urban community gardens across the country. A first of… Read more »

Clean Water Supplies Through Green Infrastructure

Most Americans get their drinking water from rivers and streams | Katherine Baer Here, where I live in North Carolina, our drinking water comes from streams and rivers, like Cane Creek, and Bolin Creek, right near our house flows into Lake Jordan, a regional water supply. And this is true for many of us –… Read more »

Seeing Water Differently

This post was orginially published on Inspiring Solutions. Water is much more then just pipes, streams, and the oceans! | © Katherine Baer I knew something was wrong when my daughter made a drawing showing water as some mix of “pipes,” “streams,” and the “ocean” – where were the fish, birds and trees? But it… Read more »

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 »

The Business Case for Sustainability

J.W. Winco’s sedum green roof now saves their business money and reduces stormwater runoff | © Sean Foltz We can all play an important role in improving our local rivers, and redesigning your property is just one step in this process. This is why American Rivers has been busy over the last several years connecting… Read more »

Using Urban Farms as a Green Infrastructure Tool

Billboard at Civic Works Real Food Farm | Jenny Hughes Polluted runoff is a major source of pollution for the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocations were set as pollution caps that have an accompanying implementation plan that will ultimately restore the Bay’s water quality. All communities within the Chesapeake… Read more »