New Bill Could Save the Edisto River

Today we have a guest blog update on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2014, the South Fork Edisto River in South Carolina. Legislators in South Carolina have introduced legislation that would end the exemption for large agricultural water withdrawals through state permitting. Below are the comments made by a partner of American Rivers, Doug… Read more »

Two Weeks, For the Rivers

Flint River | Joe Cook, Coosa Riverkeeper As I concluded my second week on staff at American Rivers, floating down the upper Flint River in a kayak with Joe Cook, the Coosa Riverkeeper, I couldn’t help but reflect on the meandering path that brought me here. It was almost exactly 10 years ago that I… Read more »

Water and Climate Change: Solutions on the Yakima River

The New York Times recently ran a story (Drought is Bearing Fruit for Washington Wineries) quoting Michael Garrity of American Rivers. Michael talked about how a plan for the Yakima River is a model for conservation. He said, “The Yakima Plan shows how we move forward through the reality of climate change and ensure reliable… 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 »

Cities Should Go Green to Address Crumbling Infrastructure

Sewer overflows, leaky pipes and flooded streets. Many of us have been snarled in traffic due to a water main break or had to stay out of the water due to sewer spills. As a result, many people recognize the need to invest in our clean and safe water (except maybe Congress, who cut water… Read more »

House May Correct Bad Policies of the Past with Oil Spill Legislation

The Gulf oil spill brought to light the impact that disasters like this have on the lands and waters that belong to all Americans. We rely on the government to make sure the oil and gas companies are acting responsibly because when things go wrong our communities and ecosystems both suffer. Without stronger oversight and… Read more »

Policy Reforms That Save Money and Prepare Communities for Climate Change

Weathering Change The recent Mississippi River floods have shown us how profoundly vulnerable we are to extreme weather. The record rains have drowned crops, inundated homes, and ground economic activity to a halt in many places. They’ve created agonizing choices that involve choosing which homes will be ruined and which will be saved. This is… Read more »