Clean Water Losses – State and Federal Protections Declining

  Tell your Senator to reject amendments that cut protection to our clean water. Rivers provide drinking water for two-thirds of all Americans and yet Congress is trying to rollback protections and funding for keeping these very waters clean. Meanwhile, a recent report shows that state protections do not fill this gap. The Clean Water… Read more »

Innovative Infrastructure: The Back Bone of Healthy Communities

On Tuesday, President Obama kept returning to the importance of investing in infrastructure and encouraging innovation throughout his State of the Union address. That’s a great idea. Infrastructure systems can encourage economic growth, connect communities, and provide goods and services like safe drinking water. From bridges to water treatment plants, properly functioning infrastructure is critical… Read more »

Rivers Connect Us More Than You May Realize

Photo ©SigurDD I was thinking about all of the ways rivers touch our lives. So I decided to write down some of the ways I benefitted from clean water this morning. 6:00am – make coffee (the best cup of coffee starts with fresh tap water) 7:00am – make oatmeal (with tap water) 7:30am – pack… Read more »

Testifying on Green Infrastructure

Last week I had the opportunity to testify at a House hearing about a new EPA initiative called “integrated permitting.” The Agency’s idea is to look at ways to evaluate various Clean Water Act requirements together to see how they could be integrated. For example, if a city has pollution problems from urban stormwater runoff… Read more »

Little River Reservoir Stopped!

Little River, NC | American Rivers The Little River (just north of Raleigh, NC) will continue to be a free flowing river for the foreseeable future. The City of Raleigh will look to its current drinking water source- Falls Lake – and determine if additional water supply can be provided from that reservoir. American Rivers… 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 »

How Much Does Central Wisconsin Suck?

Today’s guest blog about the #4 Little Plover River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Sean Gifford who grew up along the river and is a member of Friends of the Little Plover River. Take Action to Protect theLittle Plover River Tell Wisconsin to protect the flows of the Little… Read more »

Barrier Removals in California

Fish passage barrier removal Since 1999, when American Rivers spearheaded the effort to remove the Edwards Dam from the Kennebec River in Maine, we have led the national movement to remove obsolete dams and other barriers from rivers. Since 2001, American Rivers has partnered with NOAA to help communities around the country restore their local… Read more »

Water Efficiency in the Southeast

Local governments are uniquely positioned to manage municipal water use.  American Rivers has been working with communities across the Southeast to adopt policies that increase water efficiency and decrease water waste.  These policies are outlined in our report, Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast.  Communities like Atlanta, GA, Charlotte,… Read more »