Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard (GIPS)

Download the GIPS guide (PDF) The Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard (GIPS) guide provides a framework for the long term and predictable implementation of green infrastructure. Green Infrastructure, like green roofs and rain gardens, is a cost effective way to reduce urban and suburban water pollution. However, establishing these practices in dense urban environments can be… Read more »

Investing in Resilient Infrastructure after Superstorm Sandy

A guest blog written by communications intern Johannes Dreisbach. Post-Sandy flooding in Matnoloking, NJ | Greg Thompson, USFWS When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in early November, it wreaked unprecedented destruction.   In addition to flooding streets and subway tunnels, uprooting trees, damaging cars and houses, and injuring and killing residents of the area,… Read more »

Alexandra Cousteau Talks Sustainable Water Management

Alexandra Cousteau and myself at GreenTown conference | Katie Rousseau Last week’s GreenTown conference was the first step in a long process towards sustainability for the City of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio. In a joint effort, the City and County along with many other local folks put together this conference that not only told… 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 »

Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding

Laying down porous pavers in the General Mills parking lot helps the facility reduce their stormwater fees. American Rivers completed retrofitting over 12 acres of impervious surface in the Wilson Park Creek Subwatershed. One of the projects was a 4,987 square foot roof at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s building at 4707 S. 13th St…. Read more »

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 »

Reducing Flooding and Cleaning Water in Columbia, South Carolina

Shandon neighborhood, Columbia, SC | City of Columbia You don’t normally think of the southeast when you think about green infrastructure, but we are working to change that. There are cities all over the southeast that are integrating green infrastructure into their solutions to the many problems that excessive stormwater runoff creates. Columbia, SC is… Read more »

Infrastructure at the Forefront in Disasters

Wastewater treatment plant in New York It can be easy to forget just how important our water infrastructure can be, until a catastrophic event like Hurricane Sandy comes along and knocks these systems out of commission. Some coastal areas experienced massive wastewater treatment plant failures, causing untreated sewage to flow into nearby rivers, and people… Read more »

Urban Water Sustainability Conference Highlights Successful Programs

Green roof at the Civic Garden Center’s Green Learning Station in Cincinnati, OH | American Rivers This week I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This conference brought together leaders from the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), U.S. EPA, research, utility management,… Read more »