STOPS Runoff Act of 2011′ Introduced to Senate

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for clean water and healthy rivers, today applauded Senator Cardin for taking a stand to address the pervasive problem of polluted runoff from roads and highways. American Rivers urged swift passage of the Safe Treatment of Polluted Runoff Act of 2011. “Senator Cardin’s bill is a… Read more »

Giving Thanks – for Fresh Food and Clean Water

The holidays are a good time to pause to consider all the things for which we’re thankful. For me, all of the people in my life who keep me laughing and inspired, for family, and for good food (my husband made three different pies this year!) and access to clean and safe water. But, not… Read more »

House May Correct Bad Policies of the Past with Oil Spill Legislation

The Gulf oil spill brought to light the impact that disasters like this have on the lands and waters that belong to all Americans. We rely on the government to make sure the oil and gas companies are acting responsibly because when things go wrong our communities and ecosystems both suffer. Without stronger oversight and… Read more »

Permeable Pavement Makes Local Headlines

Back in June, I wrote about permeable pavement in cooler climates.  At that time, permeable pavement was still a fairly new idea in Northwest Ohio and I think it took some time to digest as a real alternative in stormwater management.  Over the past two weeks, Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara has brought new light… Read more »

Securing Clean Drinking Water in an Uncertain Future

Floods, droughts, and now cholera? While we know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather, scientists report that this increase in extreme stormwater could “set the stage for a return of cholera to North America.”  Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are often the ones to bear the brunt of… Read more »

Use Salt Wisely When Thawing Out this Winter

With the holidays quickly approaching and winter settling in, water quality may not be on the top of everybody’s mind. But with the abrupt arrival of heavy snow and ice in many parts of the country, we should all be thinking about the impacts of salting on our water.Salt use is often necessary for safety… Read more »

My Contribution To Stormwater Issues

Green roof at the Civic Gardens in Cincinnati, OH | Katie Rousseau This morning I woke up to the sound of a rather heavy, but steady rain outside my window. This sound made me feel calm and peaceful. This lasted for only a minute before I thought about taking a shower and how the water… Read more »

Getting Climate Smart!

US Drought Monitor map illustrates the expansive drought conditions | © David Miskus, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC Last year, drought wreaked havoc across more than 65% of the country. Wildfires blazed through 9.2 million acres of the west, crops suffered across the Midwest and 2012 topped out as the hottest year on record. While the fall and winter… Read more »

Developing Green Infrastructure Solutions: Stormwater Management Workshop and Presentation

American Rivers hosted the workshop Solutions for Municipalities Managing Stormwater at Swarthmore College in January 2009. The workshop was conducted to present sound stormwater management to municipalities and their engineers, citizen-based watershed groups, and civic leadership. The first track of the workshop reviewed problems associated with stormwater runoff, particularly in Pennsylvania, and green infrastructure solutions…. Read more »