American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2013

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming the Colorado River the Most Endangered River in the country.  The Colorado River is endangered by outdated water management that is inadequate to respond to the pressures of over-allocation and persistent drought. American Rivers is calling on Congress to… Read more »

Plumbing the Colorado River

Great poster from HCN publisher, Ed Marston, depicting how the Colorado River basin’s rivers drain into various reservoirs and, from there, into water management systems. Click to enlarge | © HCN For almost 30 years, the Colorado River Basin Plumbing graphic has been a favorite of HCN readers, educators, resource professionals and the like. It was… Read more »

Little Plover River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named  Wisconsin’s Little Plover River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on excessive groundwater withdrawals by irrigation, municipalities, and industrial wells that threaten river health, wildlife, and fishing. “The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing… Read more »

The Colorado is America’s Most Endangered River

Today’s guest blog about the #1 Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Gary Wockner, Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign. Save The Colorado provides funding for environmental organizations throughout the Colorado River basin. Mark Twain once said, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”  His words… Read more »

Preparing Utilities for a Changing Climate

Green roof in Philadelphia, PA | © Leonel Ponce In the last two years, we have seen a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms. In 2011, 14 different extreme weather events resulted in damages of more than $1 billion each. That trend has shown no signs of… Read more »

Anxiously Eyeing the Skies in the Sunny South

Middle Oconee River, GA drought in October 2007 | Ben Emanuel Here in Georgia, it’s been a cool, wet spring so far. That’s an especially good thing after drought conditions last year that were as severe here as anywhere in the country.  But in my conversations with local water managers and other water-watchers lately, I’ve… Read more »

Water Management Could Become Game of Hardball

Cataract Canyon, Canyonlands National Park © Kyler Carpenter As drought continues to loom over much of the Colorado River Basin reservoir capacities are at critically low levels. With the upcoming year not looking at all well for water users in the basin the questions will turn very quickly to how we will manage this resource through… Read more »

Staying Green: Joint Reports on Operations and Maintenance of Green Infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay

April 2013 Without proper maintenance, any type of infrastructure can lose functionality and ultimately fail. As more communities move towards adopting green infrastructure as a cost-effective approach to manage polluted runoff, it is critical that local governments address barriers to operations and maintenance. Despite the benefits of green infrastructure, operations and maintenance has been repeatedly… Read more »