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 »

David Dods Presenting at Rain Garden Workshop

Last week, the Rain Garden Initiative of Toledo – Lucas County put on a two-day Rain Garden Workshop & Training instructed by Rusty Schmidt, a Landscape Ecologist with the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, Minneapolis, Minnesota and David Dods, an Environmental Engineer with URS Corporation in Overland Park, Kansas. The first day was… Read more »

Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding

American Rivers recently completed retrofitting over 12 acres of impervious surface in the Wilson Park Creek Subwatershed. One of the projects was a 4,987 square foot roof at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s building at 4707 S. 13th St. which houses a school that serves grades 6th-12th. The gymnasium roof is overlooked by over 13… Read more »

No More Sewer Lines to Nowhere — EPA Adopts Fix-it-First Policy

Many of our older cities have leaking and broken water pipes that leak and sometimes dump raw sewage into our streams and rivers posing threats to public health and limiting livability. Despite massive funding shortfalls, until now, federal funding could be used to subsidize sprawl by sending water and sewer lines to new areas before fixing… Read more »

Rainy Day Projects

Are you a little bummed because it’s too cold outside to work in the garden or do anything outside? Well now is a great time to start planning the rain garden you want to plant this spring! Rain gardens are great ways to protect your local river or stream while beautifying your house. And building… Read more »