Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure

In Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama reconfirmed his commitment to clean water, “I will not back down from making sure our food is safe, our water is clean…” Our communities and waterways need this commitment more than ever.  In the second decade of the 21st century, our nation’s water infrastructure is… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers Launch Takes Off

Yesterday, American Rivers had a tremendous release of our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2011.  The stories are rolling in, and we are very excited about the interest that has been shown in this year’s rivers.  I wanted to share with you a few of the exciting moments that we have seen so… Read more »

Saving the Sound, One Watershed at a Time

Everyday, I look out my window and see Fishermen’s Terminal, a hub for boats of all types: commercial fishing boats, small cruise ships, and other vessels. The boats docked at Fishermen’s Terminal are floating on freshwater and just around the corner the boats use the Ballard Locks to enter the saltwater of Puget Sound. Yesterday’s… Read more »

Three Simple Ways to Use Water More Wisely

Water Splash | Credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell My one year old daughter Aviva sits in the bath tub and marvels at the sprinkle of water that splashes her face.  She swats it and surprises herself. Overjoyed, she leans over, drinks it and smiles.  It is magic! Or at least, it seems like it to her. But… Read more »

The Colorado is America’s Most Endangered River

Today’s guest blog about the #1 Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Gary Wockner, Director of the Save The Colorado River Campaign. Save The Colorado provides funding for environmental organizations throughout the Colorado River basin. Mark Twain once said, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”  His words… Read more »

Saving the Central Sands

Today’s guest blog about the #4 Little Plover River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Bob Clarke with Friends of the Central Sands. Friends of the Central Sands (FOCS) works to promote a healthy Central Sands landscape through natural resource stewardship, community involvement, scientific knowledge, and advocacy. Take Action to… 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 »

The Permitting Process for Water Supply Reservoirs

The construction of water supply reservoir projects requires a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for “the discharge of the dredged or fill material in waters of the U.S.” resulting from building the dam and control structures. EPA and the Corps of Engineers’ responsibility in the Section 404 permit process is to ensure that any… Read more »

Three Rivers, a National Treasure, and the ‘Water War’ that Refuses to End

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin needs open transparent negotiations to save the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem | © Alan Cressler It’s been a surprisingly rainy summer here in the Southeast, but the relief from our latest drought has not been enough to prevent a fresh flare-up in the long-running “tri-state water wars” between Georgia, Florida and Alabama…. Read more »