One year later, Washington’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Washington are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including $1.2 billion in specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American… Read more »

Don’t Sacrifice Science, Fishing Jobs in Jobs Bill Rider

Washington, DC –  Senator Dianne Feinstein today announced her intention to attach an unrelated amendment to the Senate jobs bill that would waive Endangered Species Act protections in California’s Bay-Delta.  Such a provision would hurt jobs in already-suffering fishing communities, and would destroy the science-based path to a durable water solution for region. Andrew Fahlund,… Read more »

The EPA Rules against North Carolina’s Detrimental Practice on Rivers

Columbia, SC – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined last week that North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) may not allow land purchase or protection as a substitute for requiring the adequate stream flows needed for healthy rivers.  EPA instructed the state to discontinue using the policies which allowed land for water… Read more »

Happy Birthday, NEPA!

America’s first modern environmental law – the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – turned 40 last week. That’s cause to celebrate: NEPA set forth environmental protection and conservation as an official policy of the U.S. government. It also created a structured environmental review process that requires federal agencies to assess the ramifications of their actions… Read more »

Funding Green Infrastructure Solutions

NEW REPORT:Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable Water American Rivers’ new report evaluates the groundbreaking water infrastructure investment in green infrastructure pioneered under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) that provided $1.2 billion for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmental innovation. Our report highlights how states have… Read more »

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 »