News: Pennsylvania Stormwater Can Be Managed By Municipal Authorities

Combined sewage overflows (CSO) in West Haven, CT | © Christopher Zurcher Pennsylvania municipalities will have a new tool in their stormwater management toolbox—one that significantly hinges regulatory hammers, best management practice levers and funding drivers together— the legal flexibility to form authorities, sometimes referred to as utilities, to plan and manage stormwater. Governor Corbett… Read more »

Groups Petition EPA to Protect Rivers, Coastal Areas From Polluted Runoff

WASHINGTON, DC — Conservation groups filed petitions today urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority to safeguard rivers, lakes, and streams from polluted runoff from existing commercial, industrial, and institutional sites that are currently failing to adequately control their pollution. Polluted runoff – rainwater that picks up oil, dirt and toxins while… Read more »

Holding Polluters Accountable for Stormwater Runoff

Polluted runoff in Washington, DC from July thunderstorm | Stacey Detwiler When it rains in cities or suburban areas with lots of roads and rooftops, rainwater is unable to soak into the ground. Instead, it flows along the surface where it picks up pollutants like sediment, chemicals, oil, grease, or heavy metals. The runoff then… 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 »

Why Should I Care About the Cost of Tap Water?

This is a guest blog from Jennifer Walker, the Water Resources Coordinator for the Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter. Jennifer works primarily on the Texas Living Water Project, which is a joint project between the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation to transform the way we manage and allocate our water to better preserve the… 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 »

A New Path for Infrastructure

Green roofs are one of the tools American Rivers uses to help manage stormwater runoff | © Etera American Rivers has been working for years to help create a vision for a new normal for infrastructure in this country. The rapid growth in populations across many cities has put a huge burden on the aging… Read more »

American Rivers Releases Report on Financing Water Infrastructure

Get the report at www.americanrivers.org/advocateguide Washington, DC– With water infrastructure decaying and threatening clean water in cities nationwide, American Rivers today released a report, “Drinking water infrastructure: Who Pays and How” to help water, community, and taxpayer advocates better understand how water utilities finance new infrastructure projects. The report provides important and timely information because… Read more »

Seeing Water Differently

This post was orginially published on Inspiring Solutions. Water is much more then just pipes, streams, and the oceans! | © Katherine Baer I knew something was wrong when my daughter made a drawing showing water as some mix of “pipes,” “streams,” and the “ocean” – where were the fish, birds and trees? But it… Read more »