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 »

Salmon, stormwater and streets – a toxic mix

Alan Lande, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio Have you ever seen one of those fish drawings near the street on a storm drain – a stencil saying something like, “don’t dump, drains to stream.” And even though you might think of salmon as all living in pristine, beautiful rivers, it turns out that polluted stormwater runoff… Read more »

Shampoo, Soap, and Toothpaste: The New Water Pollution?

the Italian voice Last week, a study from the University of Minnesota found that increasing amounts of triclosan, an anti-microbial ingredient used in soaps, toothpastes, and even some over-the-counter drugs, were present in lakes across Minnesota. Researchers studied sediment cores from the bottoms of eight different lakes and found that levels of triclosan and its… Read more »

Clean Water Rules Provide for Safe Whitewater Boating

Youghiogheny River, MD | Jeff Macklin I started whitewater canoeing 35 years ago. I’ve paddled hundreds of rivers over thousands of trips. I can only recall abandoning a planned trip for two reasons, OK three— once I had to carry my boat out in pieces once after shredding it in a rock sieve. The other… Read more »

Clean Water Supplies Through Green Infrastructure

Most Americans get their drinking water from rivers and streams | Katherine Baer Here, where I live in North Carolina, our drinking water comes from streams and rivers, like Cane Creek, and Bolin Creek, right near our house flows into Lake Jordan, a regional water supply. And this is true for many of us –… Read more »