American Rivers to Host Local Officials on Green Infrastructure Tour

Toledo, OH – Local public officials from Northwest Ohio will join American Rivers staff tomorrow on a tour through Chicago and Milwaukee to show off the cities’ commitments to green infrastructure.  The tour will begin in Chicago at the Center for Green Technology and end at the Johnson’s Park neighborhood in Milwaukee.  “American Rivers is pleased to… Read more »

Cistern at Center for Green Technology in Chicago

Next week, I have the pleasure of traveling with local officials from Northwest Ohio to the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee to learn about their green infrastructure programs and policies. This two-day tour will highlight both buildings and landscapes that protect our rivers through natural stormwater management by incorporating rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement,… Read more »

Sewage Right to Know Passes Senate Committee

It was great to attend the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing today because the Committee got a lot done in a short time. My personal favorite?? The Sewage Overflow Right to Know Act, which passed out of Committee unanimously, led by senator Lautenberg. This bill ensures that people won’t be in the dark… Read more »

Senate Committee Approves Sewage Legislation to Safeguard Public Health

Washington, D.C. – What’s in your water?  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 Senate took an important step towards changing that. The Committee on Environment and Public Works overwhelmingly approved legislation that would require the public… Read more »

Flooding and Raw Sewage

We just released American Rivers eight point flood response agenda as recovery from the devastating midwest floods begins. As my colleague Will Hewes reports, sewage treatment is yet another flooding casualty: The flood waters that devastated the Midwest last month have receded, and the long process of recovery is underway. While the news headlines have… Read more »

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 »