EPA Watersense Specifications move Water Efficiency Efforts in the Right Direction

Washington — American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their recently released draft specification on the WaterSense label for new homes. WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for… Read more »

Southeast water and beyond

Guest post by Gerrit Jobsis, southeast regional director of American Rivers: I was pleased to serve on a discussion panel after the showing of the award winning documentary film, FLOW – For Love of Water, directed by Irena Salina.  The film chronicles the dire prospect of a global shortage of clean water and how multinational… Read more »

Dam Alternatives

What Are the Alternatives to Damming Rivers? The era of widespread construction of large dams for the most part ended in the 1960s and ‘70s.  Or so we thought.  Recently, numerous proposals for new dams have emerged, mostly in the name of improving water supplies strained by urban growth, a desire to irrigate more cropland,… Read more »

Our Capitol Hill Briefing on Climate Change

It’s been a big week for American Rivers and our work to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change. Last Thursday we released a new report, Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies are Preparing Communities for a Changing Climate, which details solutions that have already been implemented across the country and are making… Read more »

From Drought to Deluge: American Rivers responds to extreme Southeast weather

Atlanta – Floodwaters overwhelmed parts of the Southeast this week, killing eight people and destroying property throughout the region. The floods came as the region was getting over a historic two-year drought. American Rivers urged officials to act swiftly to help the flood victims and released a set of broad recommendations to help protect communities… Read more »

How Sustainable Water Strategies Prepare Communities for a Changing Climate

Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies Prepare Communities for a Changing Climate  Download the Full Report (PDF) Download the Executive Summary (PDF) Learn about the 8 Highlighted Communities Learn about the Model Resilient Community Read Additional Community Profiles International Case Studies   Congressional Briefing on the Report Federal Policy Recommendations Overview of Climate Impacts TAKE ACTION: Help Communities Prepare for a Changing Climate  Watch… Read more »

Paving Our Way to Water Shortages: How Sprawl Aggravates the Effects of Drought

Read the full report (PDF) Executive Summary Over this long, blistering summer, Americans from coast to coast have been suffering through one of the worst droughts in decades. Many blame erratic weather conditions for water shortages, while others point to population growth. But that’s not the whole story. Another major contributor to our water problems is… Read more »

Natural Security Report

In our new report, Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies are Preparing Communities for a Changing Climate, we name eight of the nation’s top cities that are using green solutions to prepare for the droughts and floods that are coming with climate change.