Washington’s River Renaissance

Today’s post is a guest blog by Tom Uniack with Washington Wild. This blog is part of our series featuring the rivers protected by Congress in December 2014, including those designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Pratt River | Thomas O’Keefe On December 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that formally designated the Pratt River… Read more »

It is Scientifically Proven That What Happens Upstream Will Affect Downstream

Small stream | © Jaroslav Kuba On January 15, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency released a scientific report demonstrating the importance of small streams and wetlands to downstream water quality. The report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters, is based on current scientific research, specifically 1,200 publications from peer-reviewed scientific literature. The EPA’s… Read more »

Pipeline Company Gives Up On Cleaning Its Oil Spill

River ice, as seen here on the Yellowstone River, is hampering cleanup efforts for the oil spill | Photo: Scott Bosse Update: Feb 6, 2015 Three weeks after the Poplar Pipeline spewed 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, cleanup efforts have been called off due to dangerous ice conditions. The spill,… Read more »

The California Drought – Has Year 4 Begun?

Folsom Lake reservoir in January 2014 | Jacob Dyste As much of the US is in the grip of a frigid arctic air mass, California is in the grip of a ridge of high pressure that has blocked the procession of drenching storms we had in December. A similar pattern, dubbed the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge,… Read more »

2014 Was a Great Year for Rivers – Thanks to You!

Scenic Middle Fork Salmon River, ID | © John Seebach As we enter a new year, and a new Congress, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you did for rivers this past year. 2014 was a great year for rivers, in no small part thanks to you. For the first time… Read more »

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) announced today by USDA

(Washington) — One hundred innovative conservation projects across the country will benefit from roughly $370 million in funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) announced today by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Projects include local efforts to protect critical drinking water supplies, restore salmon habitat, and build the resiliency of rivers and communities… Read more »

Healthy Rivers and the Nation’s Highest Court

United States Supreme Court, Washington DC | Jarek Tuszynski [Wikimedia Commons] As 2014 came to a close, State of Georgia officials were gearing up to defend the state on the latest battlefront of the long-running “water wars” with our neighbors in Florida and Alabama. Florida has followed through and sued Georgia in the U.S. Supreme… Read more »

Upper Flint River Resiliency Action Plan

Download the Action Plan American Rivers’ 2014 Upper Flint River Resiliency Action Plan aims to guide work by a variety of stakeholders to restore drought resilience to the upper Flint River system of west-central Georgia. It follows on discussions and efforts of the Upper Flint River Working Group and on the Running Dry report which… Read more »

Restoring Flows: Financing the Next Generation of Water Systems – A Strategy for Coalition Building

In this report, Ceres and American Rivers join forces to highlight a range of innovative approaches to creating sustainable financing for our communities’ water systems. The report discusses specific actions that environmentalists, economists, water utilities, water users, financial institutions, foundations, investors and labor groups to create opportunities can adopt to improve predictable, secure revenue streams,… Read more »

Celebrating another year on the Edisto River

Today’s blog is a guest post by Hugo Krispyn. Friends of the Edisto | Heather C. Clarkson If we’re not exactly a family, we are at least a community, and the Edisto is the tie that connects us. Walking past the registration table and down the hill to the meeting tent at the Friends of… Read more »