A Ripple Effect: Restoring Protections Where Rivers are Born

Sign the Petition © Liz G. Deardorff Our Waters Are Connected I strongly support the administration relying on this science report to inform and advance rulemaking to protect these streams and wetlands as “Waters of the United States” that deserve the protection of the Clean Water Act. First Name Last Name Email* Zip Code*  … Read more »

Raingarden, Country-style

“What’s a raingarden?” our three-year old Giles asked over breakfast. “Perfect timing buddy, I just borrowed grandpa’s tractor, and we’re going to dig up the center of the driveway. Yeeha!” Instead of putting rainwater in pipes or letting it run down our driveway, I’m working on setting up a zero-runoff homesite: collecting and banking precious… Read more »

New Federal Guidelines for Water Projects Give Overdue Recognition of Need for New Approach

Washington – American Rivers today welcomed the release of the Obama Administration’s updated federal guidelines for water infrastructure investments. Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, made the following statement: “The new guidelines are a long overdue recognition that the old ways of treating our nation’s rivers are insufficient for the demands of the 21st century.  The old… Read more »

House Subcommittee Approves Sewage Legislation

Washington, DC — Every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage lands in America’s waters, and most people have no idea. Today, lawmakers in the House took an important step towards changing that. The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation that… Read more »

Report: New water supply reservoirs risky ventures in the Southeast

Washington – Southeast U.S. communities should think twice before building new water supply reservoirs, according to a report released today by American Rivers. The report, Money Pit: The High Cost and High Risk of Water Supply Reservoirs in the Southeast, documents the financial risks and water resource risks tied to the development of new reservoirs… Read more »

Ecosystem-based climate adaptation at the World Bank?

“An essential component of adaptation is the protection and restoration of ecosystems and the habitats, natural resources, and services they provide.” You’re probably assuming this quote was lifted from American Rivers’ latest report on climate adaptation, right? If you’ve been paying attention to our work for the past few years, this is a common refrain:… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Working for North Carolina

Guest blog post by Jessie Allen, American Rivers’ volunteer NC Research Associate Green infrastructure practices are gaining popularity as more cities and towns begin to look for innovative ways to effectively manage stormwater. The benefits of green infrastructure practices are clear: less water pollution, cleaner air, and greater energy efficiency, but there are still a… Read more »

North Carolina – Opening the Door to Green Infrastructure

On the last day of June NC Governor Beverly Perdue signed into law a bill that will begin the process of cleaning up the popular Jordan Lake in the Research Triangle area of NC.  The lake was in trouble from day one with predictions of high pollution levels if the US Army Corps of Engineers… Read more »

Reaching Out for Clean Water in Philly

Today I want to give a shout out to the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). It is becoming increasingly apparent to me that one of the many investments they have made in pursuit of “Green City Clean Water” is a bold outreach campaign. Recently, I’ve received invitations to support the PWD budget, attend forums on urban… Read more »

Talking Stormwater — Stormwater Messaging Tutorial now on-line

Here at American Rivers, we love to talk about polluted stormwater runoff. We can go on for hours about all those great things like bio-infiltration, construction general permits and performance standards. But as it turns out, we’re in the minority…. Most people don’t really think much about stormwater runoff, the problems it causes or what… Read more »