Go Green this Summer: Save Water, Save Money

Toledo, OH — For the second time this year, Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan residents have the opportunity to save money and water by purchasing discounted rain barrels, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the Toledo Stormwater Program and The New England Rain Barrel Company. Rain barrels are available at the discounted price of… Read more »

Sewage Right to Know Passes House

Have you heard a lot about unsafe tomatoes lately? I have – when I bought a sandwich the other day the cashier made sure to tell me that they were not serving any tomatoes. We’ve heard about it because the FDA and CDC have a system in place to track these outbreaks and alert consumers… Read more »

Sewage Right-to-Know Bill Passes House of Representatives

Washington D.C. – For far too long, Americans have been kept in the dark about the steady stream of untreated sewage that pollutes our rivers and lakes. Today, thanks to Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY) and Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), that could change. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a landmark bill requiring sewage treatment… 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 »

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 »

Green Roofs – My Ah-Ha Moment

Standing with Barbara Deutsch on the green roof at Casey Trees here in Washington, DC, I had my ah-ha moment. Now, Gary has done a great job of explaining what a green roof is and how it works, but I needed to experience one for myself. So we went on a green roof mini-tour visiting… Read more »

House Subcommittee Approves Sewage Legislation

Washington, DC — 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 towards changing that. The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation that… Read more »

Saving the Sound, One Watershed at a Time

Everyday, I look out my window and see Fishermen’s Terminal, a hub for boats of all types: commercial fishing boats, small cruise ships, and other vessels. The boats docked at Fishermen’s Terminal are floating on freshwater and just around the corner the boats use the Ballard Locks to enter the saltwater of Puget Sound. Yesterday’s… Read more »

Global Warming in the Great Lakes

I know that global warming is big and bad and will reshape our world – but for me, it really becomes tangible when I can understand how it will affect specific places. As Gary wrote last week, the Great Lakes are one of those places where we work and that inspire a great sense of… Read more »

Great Lakes – An Environmental History Lesson

While my colleagues and I write and make videos on rain gardens, rain barrels, the importance of addressing stormwater pollution, and in general using green infrastructure to improve our rivers, I think it’s important to keep in mind why we do this. Ask anybody who is involved in conservation, whether it’s their job, they participate… Read more »