Smart Infrastructure Investments Will Boost Jobs, Quality of Life

Water. What could be more important and fundamental to our health, and our lives? Clean water is the lifeblood of our communities, yet our nation’s water infrastructure — our drinking water and wastewater systems, dams and levees — are woefully outdated. Consider: According to the EPA, an estimated 1.8 million to 3.5 million people get… Read more »

Westlawn Redevelopment

Sean Foltz accepts an award on behalf of American Rivers from Antonio Perez, Director of the Housing Authority and Willie Hines, Alderman | Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee American Rivers was recently recognized for their work with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee. An award was presented at a recognition ceremony… Read more »

Growing Algal Blooms Pose Public Health Risks

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness. This guest post is by Ben Chou, policy analyst at NRDC, as part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC… Read more »

Survey Says… Don’t Mine the Boundary Waters!

Let President Obama, Governor Dayton, and Congress know that you oppose harmful mining on the Boundary Waters! | © Jim Brandenburg Earlier this year, American Rivers highlighted concerns over introducing sulfide mines to the Boundary Waters region in Minnesota with our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Two new polls show that Minnesotans are becoming more… Read more »

New Madrid Levee Project Criticized by Peers

Mallard Jump | Chris Young Since the 1950s, the US Army Corps of Engineers has been trying to build a levee near New Madrid, MO to halt seasonal backwater flooding and promote agriculture production within the lower portion of the New Madrid Floodway. The levee would prevent the Mississippi River from reaching 75,000 acres of… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Projects in Wisconsin Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

Visit for project details Visit for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulating the economy, and American Rivers and its partners have identified 10 examples of ready-to-go projects in Wisconsin worth $100 million that would not only create jobs and jumpstart the economy,… Read more »

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report, “Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods,” calls on Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize river restoration and protection and… Read more »

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 »