EPA misses another opportunity to reduce stormwater pollution

Every time it rains or winter snows melt, the water you see pooling up along streets and sidewalks carries bits of road salt, oil, gravel, and other pollution into local streams and rivers. With my colleagues here at American Rivers we’ve helped communities build green infrastructure projects that keep runoff out of our waters and… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Solutions for Your Property

Managing stormwater on your home or property can make a big difference for the rivers and streams close to home. Green infrastructure (also referred to as Low Impact Design, or LID) is an easy and cost-effective way to do so.  Here’s how you can get started: Know your local conditions Downspout connecting directly to a… Read more »

Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities

Preserving and protecting small streams is the best approach to ensure environmental and community benefits such as clean water and flood reduction.  In highly urbanized areas, however, where small, headwater streams are often buried, hidden, and forgotten, protecting headwater streams is not possible. Stream daylighting is a relatively new approach that brings these buried waterways… Read more »

Drinking Water Infrastructure: Who Pays and How (And For What)

There is an increasingly urgent need for renewed investment in our communities’ water infrastructure. This need is driven by the unfortunate reality that for the many decades, funding to maintain water systems has fallen short of the cost of providing safe drinking water, sewage treatment and flood control. The result is decaying or outdated infrastructure… Read more »

Staying Green: Joint Reports on Operations and Maintenance of Green Infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay

April 2013 Without proper maintenance, any type of infrastructure can lose functionality and ultimately fail. As more communities move towards adopting green infrastructure as a cost-effective approach to manage polluted runoff, it is critical that local governments address barriers to operations and maintenance. Despite the benefits of green infrastructure, operations and maintenance has been repeatedly… Read more »

One Drop: Why We Need Green Infrastructure

Many communities are embracing a new approach to managing runoff that focuses on capturing rainfall and preventing it from polluting surrounding waterways. By using green infrastructure techniques such as green roofs, rain gardens, tree planting, and permeable pavement, they are managing stormwater problems at a lower cost and realizing a wide range of other benefits… Read more »

Getting Climate Smart

A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action Download the Executive Summary Download Full Report Download the Strategy Toolbox Watch the Webinar Download the Webinar Slides In recent years, a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms have wreaked havoc in the United States. As carbon pollution continues to… Read more »

Permitting Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality

Download Permitting Green Infrastructure [PDF] Like many sources of water pollution, stormwater generally falls under the prohibitions and requirements created by the federal Clean Water Act.  For over a dozen years, these  requirement have found their way into permits for municipal storm sewer systems.  Unfortunately, these permits have not done enough to stem the flow… Read more »