Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities

Preserving and protecting small streams is the best approach to ensure environmental and community benefits such as clean water and flood reduction.  In highly urbanized areas, however, where small, headwater streams are often buried, hidden, and forgotten, protecting headwater streams is not possible. Stream daylighting is a relatively new approach that brings these buried waterways… Read more »

Are You Heading to the Beach?

Bellingham Bay, WA | © Stacey Detwiler Are you heading to the beach this summer? Take a look at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) latest report, Testing the Waters, before you head out. Every year, NRDC uses water quality and beach closure data to compile information about bacteria levels at popular swimming beaches around… Read more »

The End of Cheap Water?

Today’s guest blog is from Sharlene Leurig, the Senior Manager of the Ceres Water Program, where she works with drinking water, stormwater and wastewater service providers to develop physical infrastructure and rate structures that enable development of sustainable water systems. We need smart investments when rebuilding our crumbling water infrastructure | © Jef Nickerson The… Read more »

Drinking Water Infrastructure: Who Pays and How (And For What)

The water systems that serve our communities are facing the challenge of updating and building infrastructure that will meet the needs of a substantially different future.  As advocates for healthy rivers, creeks, lakes and oceans, we contribute to the planning of our future communities, our future water. In the effort, we try to ensure that… Read more »

Urban Rivers of Life

This is a guest blog from Tim Beatley. Tim is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Biophilic Cities Project. Belle Isle, James River, VA | © Tim Beatley There are few natural features as important as rivers and streams in defining cities, in shaping sense… Read more »

Seeing Water Differently

This post was orginially published on Inspiring Solutions. Water is much more then just pipes, streams, and the oceans! | © Katherine Baer I knew something was wrong when my daughter made a drawing showing water as some mix of “pipes,” “streams,” and the “ocean” – where were the fish, birds and trees? But it… Read more »

Susquehanna Fish Diseased Yet The River Is Not ‘Impaired’

Wildlife depend on a healthy Susquehanna River for survival | © MissTessmacher The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pennsylvania’ Department of Protection (PA-DEP) list of impaired waterways [PDF] disappointing advocates for a healthy Susquehanna River. In August 2011, American Rivers joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission (Fish and… Read more »