Sewage Bacteria Makes Chicago River One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Chicago, Ill. – The daily discharge of 1.2 billion gallons of undisinfected sewage effluent into the Chicago River system threatens public health and has earned the river a place on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers. Supporting over six million residents regionally, the Chicago… Read more »

Economic Stimulus and Habitat Restoration

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard by now that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been signed into law. What might not be quite as evident is that, tucked among its 407 pages, is funding for habitat restoration. This is funding that will be able to be used… Read more »

Healthy Rivers mean Healthy Lakes at Great Lakes Day

Some of you may have seen some of my tweets or one of the American Rivers retweets sent during the initial meetings of this years Great Lakes day [PDF] hosted by the Healing Our Waters coalition, of which we’re a proud member. Members of the coalition are coming into Washington D.C. from around the Great Lakes to… Read more »

Protect Public Health and Clean Water

Clean water is vital for public health. From the streams where we swim, the rivers where we fish and not to mention the water we drink. And yet, billions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage flow into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. Polluted stormwater runoff triggers sewer overflows, beach closures and… Read more »

The Green Economy Taking Hold

Here in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes the green economy is taking hold. But, what exactly is the green economy? The United Nations defines the green economy as an “economy that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” Others may relate to the theory of the… Read more »

2010 Dam Removals

See a full list of dams removed in 2010  See a full list of dams removed/slated for removal in 2009 See our past list of dams removed from 1998-2008 American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in… Read more »

How Creatively Can You Interpret Water Quality Data?

Check out the this fun animated video about Portage River water quality testing put together by the students at Eastwood Middle School. Eastwood Middle School students put their creative thinking caps on when they put together a five minute video using GoAnimate to explain their October water quality testing results for the Portage River in… Read more »

Toledo’s Water Crisis: One Year Later

Harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie caused the Toledo water crisis. American Rivers is working on green infrastructure solutions to help reduce nutrient pollution in local streams and rivers.