Sewage spill in NY’s Hudson River

Most mornings begin this way, a half hour swim in the Hudson River, north along the commuter rail track from my local swimming beach, past the fishing shack cobbled together from driftwood and lumber scraps, up to the old railroad building and back to the little neighborhood swimming beach. There’s a peace to the river… Read more »

Urban Water Sustainability Conference Highlights Successful Programs

Green roof at the Civic Garden Center’s Green Learning Station in Cincinnati, OH | American Rivers This week I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This conference brought together leaders from the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), U.S. EPA, research, utility management,… Read more »

Clean Water Rules Provide for Safe Whitewater Boating

Youghiogheny River, MD | Jeff Macklin I started whitewater canoeing 35 years ago. I’ve paddled hundreds of rivers over thousands of trips. I can only recall abandoning a planned trip for two reasons, OK three— once I had to carry my boat out in pieces once after shredding it in a rock sieve. The other… Read more »

Are You Heading to the Beach?

Bellingham Bay, WA | © Stacey Detwiler Are you heading to the beach this summer? Take a look at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) latest report, Testing the Waters, before you head out. Every year, NRDC uses water quality and beach closure data to compile information about bacteria levels at popular swimming beaches around… Read more »

National Stormwater Rulemaking

EPA’s Post-Construction Stormwater Rulemaking Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of pollution to our streams, rivers, and lakes across the country, and stormwater pollution is the single largest water quality problem in certain places including the Great Lakes. However, today’s pollution controls and management approaches are woefully inadequate to deal with this… Read more »

Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act Introduced

The Innovative Stormwater Infrasture Act of 2013 will provide needed tools for communities to consider alternative approaches to water management solutions | © Lynette Batt Shifting Towards Innovative Solutions to Reduce Polluted Runoff In early October, Mayor Emanuel announced that the City of Chicago would invest $50 million in green stormwater management practices like permeable… Read more »

New Video on Toxic Algae in Toledo

Algal Bloom in Lake Erie About 2 months ago, my colleague Katie Rousseau posted a blog on the drinking water ban in Toledo and what caused it. Unsafe levels of algae-specific toxins got into the drinking water supply, and people were dependent on water being shipped in from other areas. It still is a very… Read more »

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 »

Sewage spill in TN is example of national clean water threat

Washington, DC –  A massive sewage spill in Tennessee Tuesday killed two workers and sent millions of gallons of sewage into the Little Pigeon River, which flows through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Katherine Baer, senior director of the clean water program at American Rivers, made the following statement: “This accident is a tragedy and our hearts… Read more »

Check out our new report on Green Infrastructure in Karst Regions

American Rivers has a new report out, Using Green Infrastructure in Karst Regions. The report demonstrates how green infrastructure can be successfully applied in areas with karst topography. Karst topography is made up of soluble bedrock that can easily erode when it comes in contact with water and can be found in areas including the… Read more »