Great Lakes – An Environmental History Lesson

While my colleagues and I write and make videos on rain gardens, rain barrels, the importance of addressing stormwater pollution, and in general using green infrastructure to improve our rivers, I think it’s important to keep in mind why we do this. Ask anybody who is involved in conservation, whether it’s their job, they participate… Read more »

National River Cleanup® Year in Review: 5 Ws of 2011

Last year American Rivers celebrated the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup.  The 5 Ws below highlight the remarkable achievements of 2011:   Who: 85,000 cleanup organizers, volunteers, employees, students and fellow river-lovers all over the country teamed up to restore waterways. What: Collected over 3 million pounds of trash from 37,500 river miles.  That is… Read more »

Smooth Driving on Green Streets

Today I’m attending the Green Streets Green Jobs forum in Silver Spring, MD. I’m speaking on a panel before lunch about partnerships and funding opportunities, where I’ll be focusing on opportunities for green funding through the EPA’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) program. For the past several years American Rivers has been working very hard to… Read more »

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »

Listen To The River, And Then Fight For It!

Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Steve Piragis. Steve and his wife, Nancy, own and operate Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely, Minnesota. Piragis Northwoods Company is, among other things, an outfitter for canoe trips into the Boundary Waters and one of the… Read more »

The Cuyahoga River: No Joke

This is a guest blog from Jon Roush. Jon Roush has been executive vice president and chair of the board of The Nature Conservancy, president of The Wilderness Society, and a consultant to over 100 conservation groups. He is retired and lives in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about protecting clean water in rivers, check… Read more »

Toledo’s Water Crisis – Federal and State Responses

Today’s post is a guest blog written by Adam Rissien, Agricultural and Water Policy Director for Ohio Environmental Council. Lake Erie algal blooms | Katie Rousseau One August 2nd, 2014 over 400,000 Toledo residents were warned not to use their tap water because an algal bloom parked over the city’s water intake in western Lake… Read more »

Hydropower solutions: Muskegon River

A great success story out of Michigan, where we worked with our partners to improve dam operations on the Muskegon River. Check our video feed for the other films in this success series about the Deschutes River and the Saluda River!

The Multiple Benefits of Floodplain Easements

Download the report This report provides a snapshot of a single round of successful and highly sought after Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) floodplain easements in the Upper Mississippi River Basin states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.  Floodplain easements are a cost-effective way to minimize flood impacts, reduce repeat damages and store floodwaters… Read more »

Weathering Change

Download the full report [PDF] Go to report website (includes individual chapter downloads) Bringing Federal Policy into the 21st Century Many federal policies still encourage the same backward-looking water management approaches that didn’t work in the past and are even less suited to the future. Federal funding and policies reward wasteful water use and support… Read more »