Urban Rivers: Managing Clean Water In The City

USGS I’ll never forget the moment I watched, astonished, a tall man nonchalantly wad up his burger wrapper, step into the street, and toss it directly into the storm drain that led to the Chattahoochee River. How could he not know that streams in our cities are often right beneath us, hidden and buried away,… Read more »

Cuts to Clean Water Hurt Jobs

Stormwater in Columbia, MO | Andrew Wamboldt A 2008 study [PDF] found that every dollar invested in water and sewer infrastructure increases the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $6.35 in the long term. The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis found that for every dollar generated as revenue from the water and sewer industry,… Read more »

Are You Heading to the Beach?

Bellingham Bay, WA | © Stacey Detwiler Are you heading to the beach this summer? Take a look at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) latest report, Testing the Waters, before you head out. Every year, NRDC uses water quality and beach closure data to compile information about bacteria levels at popular swimming beaches around… Read more »

Obama Administration moves to protect drinking water for millions of Americans

Washington, DC – American Rivers today strongly supported the Obama Administration for proposing a rule to restore protections to small streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act after those protections were eroded following two Supreme Court decisions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 117 million Americans rely in whole or in part on… Read more »

New Report Shows How Green Infrastructure Investments Can Create Value for Commercial Property Owners and Tenants

This blog was originally posted by Larry Levine on NRDC’s Switchboard. “Green infrastructure” in urban and suburban areas – that is, techniques like green roofs, tree plantings, rain gardens, and permeable pavement, which absorb rainwater near where it falls – is proven to help solve major water pollution problems. These water management practices store rainwater… Read more »

DamNation film premieres at SXSW

Before/after of Condit Dam site on the White Salmon River | © Ben Knight, DamNation Congratulations to our friends at Felt Soul Media, Stoecker Ecological and Patagonia on the premiere of DamNation at SXSW today! You are going to love this film. You are going to want to watch it multiple times and share it with… Read more »

Protecting the Roots of Rivers

Despite nearly thirty years of comprehensive protection under the Clean Water Act, two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 put protections for small streams and wetlands into question | © Nicholas A. Tonelli Trees draw in water, nutrients, and oxygen from thousands of tiny roots in the soil. Damage to even the smallest of… Read more »

Musings on the Migratory Fish of the Week: Lamprey

Adult Sea Lamprey | USFWS World Fish Migration Day is coming up on Saturday (5/24)! Are you ready? If not, maybe these writings on lamprey will help you along. First, we have a poem by one of American Rivers’ partners, Tim Watts, about Cohannet. “Cohannet” is the Native American name given to the first falls on… Read more »

Turning Faith-based Communities Into Water Conservation Leaders

Today we have a guest blog from Stacey Kennealy, Certification Program and Sustainability Director at GreenFaith in Highland Park, New Jersey. Stacey talks about engaging faith-based organizations in water conservation. Children participate in an interfaith, water-themed summer camp, where they went ponding, did scientific experiments, and learned about different traditions’ rituals on water | GreenFaith… Read more »