Educating the Community through Rain Garden Signs

Alexander Okonta with his sign after the installation | Karen Okonta & Clay Symington An important aspect of implementing green infrastructure in a community is education. The community needs to understand what it is, why it’s important, and what they can do themselves on a small residential scale to contribute to making green infrastructure a… Read more »

Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC – As floodwaters swelled the Mississippi River to historic levels and overwhelmed communities in 10 states, American Rivers gave a ‘special mention’ to the river today in its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011.  American Rivers made the last minute addition to the list due to the unprecedented nature of the… Read more »

Early Successes on Chicago and Roanoke Rivers

It has been an exciting couple of weeks since the release of our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™!  Things seem to be looking up for the Chicago and Roanoke Rivers.  While both rivers still have a ways to go, I wanted to share with you the recent developments. Chicago River The week prior… Read more »

Green Reserve — Water Infrastructure in the Stimulus at One Year

At the groundbreaking of a “green street” project in Edmonston, Maryland, funded by the stimulus, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “Environmental protection, if done right, is about protecting a community. You should never have to choose between an economy that’s vibrant and green and an environment that’s vibrant and green.” That’s exactly why the “green… Read more »

Permeable Pavement Makes Local Headlines

Back in June, I wrote about permeable pavement in cooler climates.  At that time, permeable pavement was still a fairly new idea in Northwest Ohio and I think it took some time to digest as a real alternative in stormwater management.  Over the past two weeks, Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara has brought new light… Read more »

The 2009 River Action Day was a Success!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the 2009 River Action Day (RAD)!   For six years, since 2003, RAD has provided a unique opportunity for river advocates across the country to meet with members of Congress to discuss the issues important to their communities and local rivers.  The event began with a motivating speech… Read more »

Alexandra Cousteau Talks Sustainable Water Management

Alexandra Cousteau and myself at GreenTown conference | Katie Rousseau Last week’s GreenTown conference was the first step in a long process towards sustainability for the City of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio. In a joint effort, the City and County along with many other local folks put together this conference that not only told… Read more »

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A River Cleanup Virtual Tour

Check out the Grand River, MI GeoStory! Rivers are a vital resource for the communities they touch. When we think of the wide array of benefits a clean and healthy river has on a community it is easy to see why people from all walks of life are drawn to caring for its well-being. With… Read more »