Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2011′ Introduced to House

Representative Edwards’ bill is an important step forward in addressing polluted stormwater runoff by prioritizing smart stormwater management strategies that work with the natural landscape to infiltrate and reuse rainwater where it falls to protect our clean water supplies. By providing opportunities and establishing mechanisms for communities to pursue green infrastructure solutions, this approach can… Read more »

Getting Serious about Climate Change Adaptation

The climate change headlines haven’t been very encouraging lately. Climate and energy legislation is going nowhere fast in Congress. While the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive bill last June, the Senate has been unable to secure the votes for a similar bill. Efforts by Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman stalled last… Read more »

Greener Streets with Stimulus Money

Right down the road from where I live, the town of Edmonston is getting help in reducing local flooding and pollution with funding from the green reserve portion of the economic stimulus, something that American Rivers helped secure. Working with our colleagues at the Low Impact Development Center, Edmonston will be retrofitting a street by… Read more »

Paving Paradise with PAH Parking Lots

Instead of plodding through D.C.’s slushy streets one weekend back in December, I was happily swimming in Austin’s Barton Springs during a trip with my sister, Rachel. Swimming outside in December is a rarity, but as a spring fed pool the water there stays at about 70 degrees year round, good enough even for me,… Read more »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… Read more »

The STOPS Runoff Act: Treating Stormwater Where it Falls

Last week, Senator Cardin introduced the STOPS Runoff Act (S. 3602) that will reduce polluted stormwater runoff from federally funded highway and road projects. Roads are a major source of polluted stormwater runoff because rainwater that falls is unable to infiltrate these hard surfaces and soak into the ground. Instead, this water runs along the surface of… Read more »

Greener Landscapes For A Healthier Chesapeake Bay in 2013

Susquehanna River, PA | Jayme Frye Green infrastructure investments are one of the few spotlights in the State of the Bay report released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) for the New Year. Promotion and support of green infrastructure solutions for managing stormwater is also identified in the Action Plan [PDF] for federal resource agencies… Read more »

Maintenance: It’s Not Just for Your Car

Planting rain gardens with Howard County’s READY program in Maryland | Don Tsusaki, CWP Many of us are familiar with maintenance in some form. Whether it’s getting an oil change for the car or unclogging the sink, if we don’t get around to it, we usually end up paying in the long run. Maintenance for… Read more »

Green Infrastructure in Darby Creek, PA

Darby Creek drains 77 square miles bordering Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passes through the region’s oldest urban municipalities. Early settlement along the Darby relied upon mill dams for economic growth. And as the Darby watershed communities grew, wastewater and eventually drinking water infrastructure was developed. Today the dams no longer function as originally intended.  Instead they… Read more »

Tell the EPA Not to Delay to Protect Clean Water

What You Can Do Ask your representatives to tell the EPA to support stormwater protections | © W.Marsh The price we pay for polluted runoff is in the unspoken cost of countless basement backups, cancelled fishing trips, and closed beaches. Unfortunately, there are plenty of costs we can calculate as well. For instance, the Federal… Read more »