Green River – Let ‘er buck!

In response to our action alert this summer, more than 10,000 American Rivers members and supporters contacted Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to tell him “no” to new dams on the Upper Green River. The governor heard you, as the proposed dams recently were dropped from further consideration due to widespread public opposition.

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 »

Toledo’s Water Crisis – Federal and State Responses

Today’s post is a guest blog written by Adam Rissien, Agricultural and Water Policy Director for Ohio Environmental Council. Lake Erie algal blooms | Katie Rousseau One August 2nd, 2014 over 400,000 Toledo residents were warned not to use their tap water because an algal bloom parked over the city’s water intake in western Lake… Read more »

Release the Rain Barrel!

Credit: Ipswich River Watershed Association Despite passing out of the Colorado House with bipartisan support, the popular legislation legalizing residential use of rain barrels in Colorado is currently being held hostage by Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee Chairman, Jerry Sonnenberg. With only days left in the Colorado legislative session, the fate of the… Read more »

The Green Infrastructure Conversation in Northern Ohio

American Rivers’ advocacy for green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in the Toledo-Lucas County area is demonstrated with our work with the GSI Task Force. In May I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Ohio Stormwater Conference that was held in Sandusky, OH. I was able to hear presentations from communities all over the state and… Read more »

I Am Red – The Colorado River

The Colorado River is a lifeline in the desert, its water sustaining tens of millions of people in seven states, as well as endangered fish and wildlife. However, demand on the river’s water now exceeds its supply, leaving the river so over-tapped that it no longer flows to the sea. (Video by Pete McBride. Flights… Read more »

American Rivers Applauds Unveiling of Nation’s First Water-efficient Home

Chapel Hill, NC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Vanguard Homes for unveiling the nation’s first water-efficient home. The WaterSense labeled home is the nation’s first certified to be around 20 percent more water efficient than standard homes across the country.  WaterSense, a partnership program… Read more »

New Bill Makes Georgia A National Leader in Water Efficiency

Atlanta -– Georgia took an important step today toward ensuring more reliable and predictable clean water supplies for today’s communities and future generations.  The senate unanimously passed the Georgia Water Stewardship Bill, and the house passed the bill 166-5.  American Rivers applauded the cost-effective water efficiency measures contained in the bill, including higher efficiency standards… Read more »

Upper Colorado River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — New water diversion projects could sap the life from the Upper Colorado, threatening prized trout fisheries, boating, and the long-term sustainable water supply for the region. This threat landed the Upper Colorado in the number six spot in America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2010 edition, produced by American Rivers. “The key to a reliable… Read more »