Staying Green: Joint Reports on Operations and Maintenance of Green Infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay

April 2013 Without proper maintenance, any type of infrastructure can lose functionality and ultimately fail. As more communities move towards adopting green infrastructure as a cost-effective approach to manage polluted runoff, it is critical that local governments address barriers to operations and maintenance. Despite the benefits of green infrastructure, operations and maintenance has been repeatedly… Read more »

Getting Climate Smart

A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action Download the Executive Summary Download Full Report Download the Strategy Toolbox Watch the Webinar Download the Webinar Slides In recent years, a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms have wreaked havoc in the United States. As carbon pollution continues to… Read more »

A Bleak Assessment for Rivers

Fishing on the Blanco Wetlands in Colorado | Bureau of Land Management Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a study [PDF] which assesses the health of rivers and streams across the country. While the good news is that the National Rivers and Streams Assessment (NRSA) provides important data to monitor river health; the… 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 »

Taking Control: Managing Your Stormwater Runoff Contribution

Yuba River, CA | Jacob Dyste The challenges facing our rivers today are daunting; and frequently the solutions are equally so. Dam removal, floodplain restoration, and political maneuvering to protect wild and scenic rivers are not solutions that an everyday river enthusiast can relate to. Even as a professional in river conservation, the road forward… Read more »

Sewage Problems and Solutions

The Clean Water Act has vastly increased the level of wastewater treatment in this country.  Currently over 200 million people are served by treatment plants that provide secondary or more advanced treatment, up from 140 million served by wastewater treatment, often at a minimal level in the late 1960s before the Act was passed. However,… Read more »

Sewage Right To Know – What’s In Your Water?

Katherine Baer When there’s a sewage overflow or spill into your local creek or swimming hole, wouldn’t you want to know about it? Well, in some places where there’s good monitoring and notification people do get this information about sewage overflows and can make their own choices about where and when to swim and play… Read more »

Cuts to Clean Water Hurt Jobs

Stormwater in Columbia, MO | Andrew Wamboldt A 2008 study [PDF] found that every dollar invested in water and sewer infrastructure increases the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $6.35 in the long term. The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis found that for every dollar generated as revenue from the water and sewer industry,… Read more »

More Clean Water In The Courts – The Accotink Creek Decision

Accotink Creek, VA | TrailVoice Recently we described the results of the Supreme Court’s decision in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which was a narrow one.  Another Clean Water Act case, Virginia Department of Transportation vs. Environmental Protection Agency [PDF] addresses the cleanup of Accotink Creek, a tributary… Read more »