Securing Clean Drinking Water in an Uncertain Future

Floods, droughts, and now cholera? While we know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather, scientists report that this increase in extreme stormwater could “set the stage for a return of cholera to North America.”  Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are often the ones to bear the brunt of… Read more »

Two-Headed Trout: Water Pollution Rearing Its Ugly Heads

As some members of Congress push their dirty water agenda, we are continually reminded of the importance of clean water safeguards. This week, news broke with compelling photos of the devastating effects of selenium in waterways.  Mutated brown trout, sporting two heads similar to the likes of blinky a la The Simpsons, were found near… Read more »

Clean Water Supplies Through Green Infrastructure

Most Americans get their drinking water from rivers and streams | Katherine Baer Here, where I live in North Carolina, our drinking water comes from streams and rivers, like Cane Creek, and Bolin Creek, right near our house flows into Lake Jordan, a regional water supply. And this is true for many of us –… Read more »

A Paddler’s Perspective on Protecting the Colorado River

Today’s guest blog about the #1 Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from George Wendt, Founder and President of O.A.R.S. and a member of  Protect The Flows.  Protect The Flows is a network of over 800 businesses who own and operate businesses in communities along the Colorado River. Take… Read more »

The End of Cheap Water?

Today’s guest blog is from Sharlene Leurig, the Senior Manager of the Ceres Water Program, where she works with drinking water, stormwater and wastewater service providers to develop physical infrastructure and rate structures that enable development of sustainable water systems. We need smart investments when rebuilding our crumbling water infrastructure | © Jef Nickerson The… Read more »

Grazing Benefits on Restored Meadows

Both rivers and ranchers benefit when meadows are restored.  Healthy meadows filter and store water.  This improves water quality and augments lateseason stream flows, while providing habitat for fish and wildlife.  Ranchers also benefit directly when restoration improves livestock forage on meadows that are grazed. Nearly half the meadows in the Sierra are privately owned,… Read more »

Upper Flint River Working Group

Click to enlarge As part of our work to restore and protect the upper Flint River in west-central Georgia, American Rivers has convened the Upper Flint River Working Group since the summer of 2013. The Working Group’s meetings and site visits throughout the basin have provided an open forum regarding the challenges facing the river… Read more »

Putting Polluters Before People’s Health?

Speak up to protect the Ohio River from mercury and other toxic chemical discharges by emailing ORSANCO now! The Ohio River Basin Commission (ORSANCO) is proposing to extend a deadline two years for polluters to comply with rules to eliminate discharges of harmful ‘bioaccumulative chemicals of concern’ (BCCs) such as mercury to areas in the… Read more »

Protecting Michigan’s Rogue River

Rapid development along the Rogue River, MI has made it important that we work with communities for smart growth to protect the river | © Kaie Rousseau The Rogue River watershed is just a short drive north of Michigan’s second largest metropolitan area, Grand Rapids. Covering a 262 square-mile drainage area, the Rogue flows south into… Read more »

Securing Future Water For The Colorado River Requires Action Now

Both Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoirs are less than 50% full | © Wikipedia A recent piece in the New York Times “Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States” (January 6) paints a dire picture of water scarcity in the Colorado basin, a crisis of supply and demand on an almost continental… Read more »