Managing Stormwater for Safe Swimming

Fish kill on the Choptank River in Maryland, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay | © eutrophication&hypoxia Here on the east coast we’re in the midst of a heat wave and some of our major waterways are unsafe for a cool swim. At Jones Falls in Baltimore’s inner-harbor hundreds of fish are dying. Experts are… Read more »

What Exactly Is Stream Daylighting?

Download Daylighting Streams | © American Rivers Small streams, which scientists refer to as headwater streams, provide a wide array of benefits to communities, such as nutrient and pollution removal, groundwater recharge, and flood mitigation. Headwater streams are where rivers are born – from small seeps, springs, and brooks – and they gain water and… Read more »

Report Details Benefits of ‘Daylighting’ Urban Streams

Read the report:  www.AmericanRivers.org/DaylightingReport Washington, DC – With many miles of streams buried underground in cities nationwide, American Rivers today released a report, “Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities” to highlight the benefits of revitalizing urban streams. The report shows how daylighting streams – freeing them from underground pipes and restoring them… Read more »

News: Pennsylvania Stormwater Can Be Managed By Municipal Authorities

Combined sewage overflows (CSO) in West Haven, CT | © Christopher Zurcher Pennsylvania municipalities will have a new tool in their stormwater management toolbox—one that significantly hinges regulatory hammers, best management practice levers and funding drivers together— the legal flexibility to form authorities, sometimes referred to as utilities, to plan and manage stormwater. Governor Corbett… Read more »

Holding Polluters Accountable for Stormwater Runoff

Polluted runoff in Washington, DC from July thunderstorm | Stacey Detwiler When it rains in cities or suburban areas with lots of roads and rooftops, rainwater is unable to soak into the ground. Instead, it flows along the surface where it picks up pollutants like sediment, chemicals, oil, grease, or heavy metals. The runoff then… 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 »

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 »