Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management in CA

Green infrastructure filtering parking lot runoff | Josh Miller When rainwater can’t soak into the ground, it runs along streets and parking lots as stormwater and picks up pollutants. This polluted runoff flows into our rivers and streams and during heavy rains can overwhelm local infrastructure, causing flooding and sewage overflows into streams. California’s Sierra… Read more »

Groups Petition EPA to Protect Rivers, Coastal Areas From Polluted Runoff

WASHINGTON, DC — Conservation groups filed petitions today urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority to safeguard rivers, lakes, and streams from polluted runoff from existing commercial, industrial, and institutional sites that are currently failing to adequately control their pollution. Polluted runoff – rainwater that picks up oil, dirt and toxins while… Read more »

Endangered River’ victory on the Chicago River

Chicago – American Rivers today announced a major victory for the Chicago River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011. American Rivers commended the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Chicago for acting on the recommendations in the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report and voting to disinfect sewage wastewater, which will significantly improve public… Read more »

Flooding and Raw Sewage

We just released American Rivers eight point flood response agenda as recovery from the devastating midwest floods begins. As my colleague Will Hewes reports, sewage treatment is yet another flooding casualty: The flood waters that devastated the Midwest last month have receded, and the long process of recovery is underway. While the news headlines have… Read more »

Green to Go Green for Clean Water in the Chesapeake

My office sits near the bank of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania, so it was a treat to leave the office several days ago to travel downstream to where this 464 mile long river flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. I was there to attend an announcement of $4 million… Read more »

Our Capitol Hill Briefing on Climate Change

It’s been a big week for American Rivers and our work to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change. Last Thursday we released a new report, Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies are Preparing Communities for a Changing Climate, which details solutions that have already been implemented across the country and are making… Read more »

Ring Around the (Green) Collar

I was folding laundry and listening to one of the Presidential debates the other night – not listening too closely as the candidates were mostly squabbling. Suddenly, I heard one of them say “green infrastructure” and then another said “green jobs.” I looked up from my unmatched socks – were the candidates really talking green… Read more »

The Green Economy Taking Hold

Here in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes the green economy is taking hold. But, what exactly is the green economy? The United Nations defines the green economy as an “economy that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” Others may relate to the theory of the… Read more »