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 »

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 »

National Stormwater Rulemaking

EPA’s Post-Construction Stormwater Rulemaking Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of pollution to our streams, rivers, and lakes across the country, and stormwater pollution is the single largest water quality problem in certain places including the Great Lakes. However, today’s pollution controls and management approaches are woefully inadequate to deal with this… 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 »

State Stormwater Permits

Using Greener Strategies to Improve Clean Water with Stormwater Permits American Rivers is promoting green infrastructure solutions within state urban stormwater permits. Some of the greatest improvements to manage the impacts of stormwater can happen on urban landscapes: natural landscapes minimize stormwater runoff to just 10% while as much as 55% of rain runs directly… 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 »

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… Read more »

Mississippi River Mayors for Clean Water

Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO | American Rivers I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river… Read more »

Healthy Rivers and Vibrant Cities

Lenexa, KS used green infrasture stormwater management to improve water quality, while also creating new recreational opportunities | USEPAgov Healthy rivers and vibrant cities go together – a Gallup poll reported that people who are more satisfied with their cities are those with access to clean and safe water. Like our work in Milwaukee, using… Read more »

Sewer Line Breaks, Dumping Raw Sewage in the Hudson

Dirty water in NY waterways | Tom Giebel/Atomische.com Many of our programs and efforts here at American Rivers are focused on creating the “right” water infrastructure for our communities. Particularly in older towns and cities, like the Hudson River Valley town where I live, our water and sewer pipes are more than a century old,… Read more »