Millions of Gallons of Polluted Runoff

Tell the EPA that it’s time to take the lead in moving forward on these critical updates to protect clean water and public health. I live in Arlington County, Virginia where hard surfaces like roads and rooftops that are impervious to water make up 42 percent of the landscape. Existing, new, and redevelopment in Arlington,… Read more »

The Business Case for Sustainability

J.W. Winco’s sedum green roof now saves their business money and reduces stormwater runoff | © Sean Foltz We can all play an important role in improving our local rivers, and redesigning your property is just one step in this process. This is why American Rivers has been busy over the last several years connecting… Read more »

What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Rivers?

With the National Parks closed no one can enjoy the beauty of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, WA | © Lance McCoy Rivers and those who depend upon them will pay a price if the government shutdown continues much longer. The causes of the shutdown, the legislative battles over the Affordable Care Act, the… Read more »

Paying for stormwater management: a case for innovation

This blog post was written jointly between Liz G. Deardorff and American Rivers’ conservation intern Molly Armus Public-private partnerships have proven to be great ways to implement innovative green infrastructure techniques, such as “Adapt-a-Bioswale” in Ohiopyle, PA | © Liz G. Deardorff Paying for stormwater management can be challenging, especially for small urban municipalities that… Read more »

Tell the EPA Not to Delay to Protect Clean Water

What You Can Do Ask your representatives to tell the EPA to support stormwater protections | © W.Marsh The price we pay for polluted runoff is in the unspoken cost of countless basement backups, cancelled fishing trips, and closed beaches. Unfortunately, there are plenty of costs we can calculate as well. For instance, the Federal… Read more »

How Much are Safe Drinking Water, Clean Rivers Worth?

Outdated stormwater infrastructure puts clean drinking water at risk. Congress must invest now to protect against sewage overflows. According to the most recent House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for the Department of Interior, the EPA, and other related programs, safe drinking water and clean rivers aren’t worth very much. In the subcommittee’s… Read more »

Unearthing a Piece of History—Daylighting Staunton’s Peyton Creek

Construction of Peyton Creek culvert from 1927 | © City of Staunton In Amy’s recent post, she does a great job of describing what stream daylighting is and how benefits to river health translate to community benefits. Staunton, Virginia is an example of one such community that recognizes the severe impact stormwater runoff is having… Read more »

Where Does a River Flow?

Potomac River, DC, MD, VA | © Robert Pos Have you ever wondered where a river comes from and where it flows? The Department of Interior just released a new tool that lets you map out a river from its source in countless small headwater streams all the way downstream. All of our iconic rivers,… Read more »