Great Lakes – An Environmental History Lesson

While my colleagues and I write and make videos on rain gardens, rain barrels, the importance of addressing stormwater pollution, and in general using green infrastructure to improve our rivers, I think it’s important to keep in mind why we do this. Ask anybody who is involved in conservation, whether it’s their job, they participate… Read more »

Keeping Chemicals Out of Rivers

Representative Slaughter Introduces Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act A few summers ago, I spent a day paddling down the Schuylkill River. Not along the scenic headwaters, as you might imagine, but right in downtown Philadelphia. There’s nothing quite like seeing a city from the river in a kayak! Across the country, people are getting back to their… Read more »

Putting People to Work, the Green Infrastructure Way

As river advocates, we tend to talk a lot about polluted stormwater runoff, and the need to reduce pollution from our streets, parking lots and roofs that ends up in our rivers every time it rains.  Building more green infrastructure, such as green roofs and rain gardens, is becoming a very promising approach to reducing… Read more »

Sewage Right to Know Passes Senate Committee

It was great to attend the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing today because the Committee got a lot done in a short time. My personal favorite?? The Sewage Overflow Right to Know Act, which passed out of Committee unanimously, led by senator Lautenberg. This bill ensures that people won’t be in the dark… Read more »

A Return to the River in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis

This is a guest blog from American Rivers interns Sam Padgett and Johannes Dreisbach. Ford Parkway Bridge, Minneapolis, MN | 2008 National Park Service Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to some of the country’s richest outdoor resources, abounding with parks, nature, and wildlife.   The Mississippi River, the fifth longest river in the world, provides life… Read more »

Update On Clean Water At The Supreme Court

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Genevieve Meller. Los Angeles River, CA | EPA Just last week, the Supreme Court (Court) issued their decision [PDF] on the Clean Water Act (CWA) case, Los Angeles County Flood Control District (District) v. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Court reversed and remanded the decision… Read more »

A New Path for Infrastructure

Green roofs are one of the tools American Rivers uses to help manage stormwater runoff | © Etera American Rivers has been working for years to help create a vision for a new normal for infrastructure in this country. The rapid growth in populations across many cities has put a huge burden on the aging… Read more »

Local Stormwater Codes and Ordinances

In addition to any federal or state clean water requirements, local governments have an important role to evaluate their own codes and ordinances to ensure they are protecting our communities and our waterways. American Rivers is working at the local level to review current codes and ordinances to provide sound recommendations to Planning Commissions and… Read more »

Millions of Gallons of Polluted Runoff

Tell the EPA that it’s time to take the lead in moving forward on these critical updates to protect clean water and public health. I live in Arlington County, Virginia where hard surfaces like roads and rooftops that are impervious to water make up 42 percent of the landscape. Existing, new, and redevelopment in Arlington,… Read more »

Toledo’s Water Ban Lifted: Now What?

Take Action: Sign the Petition Protect My Rivers and Clean Water The algal bloom in Lake Erie spotlights that we can’t take our clean water for granted. Communities that rely on the Great Lakes for their main source of drinking water need better plans to keep their source water free from contamination. Urge Lake Erie… Read more »