Local Stormwater Codes and Ordinances

In addition to any federal or state clean water requirements, local governments have an important role to evaluate their own codes and ordinances to ensure they are protecting our communities and our waterways. American Rivers is working at the local level to review current codes and ordinances to provide sound recommendations to Planning Commissions and… Read more »

Why Care for Small Streams?

Garden Canyon River, AZ | © Arizona Office of Tourism Our Waters Are Connected You may know them simply as a small creek running through the backyard, or the little stream that only appears when it rains. They may not consistently flow with water or even have a name, but headwater streams are where all… Read more »

Looking Ahead to Restoration of Gravel Run

Centreville Dam During the long days of summer, for many, a trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge means a jaunt to Ocean City, Maryland, or Rehoboth, Delaware. I’m now an old hand at resisting the siren call of the sandy beaches and ocean waves as I exit off of MD-301 and head for the quaint… Read more »

Urban Agriculture Report

UClick here to download the report Stormwater runoff is a major problem for watersheds across the country, particularly the Chesapeake Bay. Green infrastructure is being used as a tool to mitigate stormwater runoff by restoring natural ground cover which allows precipitation to infiltrate into the soil. Urban agriculture is an innovative green infrastructure practice because… Read more »

New Report Helps Citizens Fight Stormwater Pollution in Their Communities

Read the report  Washington, DC — Stormwater that dirty, oily runoff from streets and parking lots that contaminates local streams is a leading cause of water pollution in Ohio and around the country. Today, American Rivers and Midwest Environmental Advocates released a new report, “Local Water Policy Innovation:  A Road Map for Community Based Stormwater Solutions”… Read more »

New Guide Helps Municipalities Monetize the Value of Green Infrastructure

CHICAGO — Quantifying the economic value of green infrastructure’s benefits is the key to helping municipalities adopt this innovative and cost-effective stormwater management approach, according to a new report by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and American Rivers.  “The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits” is… Read more »

Celebrating Green Streets in Maryland

Exciting news for everyone on the green infrastructure front! Our partner Green for All hosted an event in Edmonston, MD this morning (Thursday, Dec. 15th) which featured Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Nancy Stoner, EPA’s acting Assistant Administrator for Water, to celebrate the innovative green street in the town as well as highlight the report Green for… Read more »

Great Lakes Restoration Funding

Last week, as reported by the staff over at the Healing Our Waters coalition the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is set to receive $300 million as part of the recent budget deal between congress and the President. While this isn’t the $450 million of last year, or even the $350 million hoped for this… Read more »

Key Legislation You Should Know

Here are some key legislation pieces that we have been working on recently:  H.R. 3534: The CLEAR ActThanks to your help the House passed the CLEAR Act, a comprehensive response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf.  The bill fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which assesses a fee on offshore oil and… Read more »

Rain Barrel Rewards

We’ve had some mighty storms in the DC area recently. Trees down, flooding, sewer overflows, power outages and the like. In developed areas, when it rains we usually lose most of our water as it is directed to storm drains and sent directly to our streams and rivers, causing unnaturally high flows and resulting damage…. Read more »