Preserving Urban Rivers in Detroit and Across the Great Lakes

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Johannes Dreisbach. Detroit River | Mike Russell In the early 1900s, Detroit became one of the largest cities in the United States, and the Detroit River played a major role.  The river is 28 miles long and serves as the international border between Canada and the… Read more »

Clean Water Challenges in a Changing Climate

American Rivers’ Clean Water program is at the forefront of the movement to create a new approach to water management, an approach that values the clean water benefits provided by natural landscapes and innovative stormwater management techniques. Our goal is to ensure enough clean water for communities and ecosystems by implementing green infrastructure solutions and… Read more »

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 »

Toledo’s Water Ban Lifted: Now What?

Take Action: Sign the Petition Protect My Rivers and Clean Water The algal bloom in Lake Erie spotlights that we can’t take our clean water for granted. Communities that rely on the Great Lakes for their main source of drinking water need better plans to keep their source water free from contamination. Urge Lake Erie… Read more »

Urban Farms: Providing Food and Protecting Watersheds

Real Food Farm’s Perlman Place Site in Baltimore, MD | Civic Works’ Real Food Farm What if there was a way to reduce stormwater runoff as well as provide access to healthy food in low income urban areas?  What if this practice was being done in cities across the Nation? Farms are not just for… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Projects in Wisconsin Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulating the economy, and American Rivers and its partners have identified 10 examples of ready-to-go projects in Wisconsin worth $100 million that would not only create jobs and jumpstart the economy,… Read more »

A Vision Of Green Roofs In Durham, NC

North Carolina has a stormwater problem. It is a great place to live and because of that a lot of people have moved here creating a lot of development. That development happened with very little regard for water quality. Many of the rivers are polluted due to pollution carried in stormwater that runs off the developed… Read more »

Going Green for Clean Water

The “streamscape” of my childhood memories is one of fallen log bridges, hidden treasure, and secret trails. Although my local creek was hardly pristine, it was bordered by woods and filled with fish and tadpoles, a place where my friends and I spent many hours exploring, mapping, and making our own. These days, as I… Read more »