Urban Rivers: Managing Clean Water In The City

USGS I’ll never forget the moment I watched, astonished, a tall man nonchalantly wad up his burger wrapper, step into the street, and toss it directly into the storm drain that led to the Chattahoochee River. How could he not know that streams in our cities are often right beneath us, hidden and buried away,… 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 »

Holding Polluters Accountable for Stormwater Runoff

Polluted runoff in Washington, DC from July thunderstorm | Stacey Detwiler When it rains in cities or suburban areas with lots of roads and rooftops, rainwater is unable to soak into the ground. Instead, it flows along the surface where it picks up pollutants like sediment, chemicals, oil, grease, or heavy metals. The runoff then… Read more »

Transforming Urban Gardens

Installation of Milkwaukee’s Southside urban community gardens | Sean Foltz American Rivers and the Garden District Neighborhood Association recently received a grant through Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District’s Green Infrastructure Partnership Program. The funding is helping transform an area on Milwaukee’s Southside into a sustainable showcase for urban community gardens across the country. A first of… Read more »

Where Does a River Flow?

Potomac River, DC, MD, VA | © Robert Pos Have you ever wondered where a river comes from and where it flows? The Department of Interior just released a new tool that lets you map out a river from its source in countless small headwater streams all the way downstream. All of our iconic rivers,… Read more »

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 »

Sewage Right-to-Know Bill Passes House of Representatives

Washington D.C. – For far too long, Americans have been kept in the dark about the steady stream of untreated sewage that pollutes our rivers and lakes. Today, thanks to Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY) and Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), that could change. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a landmark bill requiring sewage treatment… Read more »

Report: Green infrastructure saves money

Read the report at www.americanrivers.org/goinggreen Washington, DC – Communities looking for the most cost-effective options for managing polluted runoff and protecting clean water should choose green infrastructure solutions, according to a report released today by American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and ECONorthwest. The report, Banking on Green:… Read more »

Contaminants in Your Clams?

Residents along the Long Island Sound don’t just have to worry about possible beach closures this summer. Due to heavy rainfall over the last few days, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a temporary closure for shellfish harvesting in Nassau and Suffolk Counties along the coast. What does rainfall have to do with… Read more »