Preparing Utilities for a Changing Climate

Green roof in Philadelphia, PA | © Leonel Ponce In the last two years, we have seen a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms. In 2011, 14 different extreme weather events resulted in damages of more than $1 billion each. That trend has shown no signs of… Read more »

Climate Change Threatens the Great Outdoors

Paddling on the Verde River Blue Trail, AZ | Doug Von Gausig Summertime. The perfect time to be outside, enjoying endless rays of sunshine, running barefoot, splashing in cool water and drinking lemonade. I often picture, as I sit in my cubicle, the adventures I could set off on – hiking deep into the woods,… Read more »

VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »

Water Resources Bill Weakens Environmental Review and Public Comment

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. American Rivers President Bob Irvin stated: “The Water Resources Reform and Development Act traditionally authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct flood management, ecosystem restoration and navigation projects on our nation’s rivers and coasts. Unfortunately,… Read more »

And The Photo Contest Winner Is…

2013 National River Cleanup photo contest winner: Susan Simonson photo from the Antietam Creek Rubbish Roundup in Maryland You voted, the results are in, and we have the winner of the 2013 National River Cleanup® photo contest! After two weeks of you sharing the voting page on Facebook, tweeting the link to your followers on… Read more »

Harmful water grab bill passes House, fight continues

Crystal River, Gunnison National Forest, Colorado The House of Representatives voted today to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. H.R. 3189 – the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” – passed by a 238-174 vote. This bill is terrible news for rivers nationwide. It puts… Read more »

Everything’s Bigger in Texas – Including Playa Lakes

Waterfowl flying in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge | USFWS Playa lakes are a type of shallow wetland that typically form after rainfall. They can be found across the Southern High Plains, in states such as Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas – but the highest density of playas can be found in Texas. Up to… Read more »

House Approves Bill to Block EPA from Protecting Clean Water

Despite thousands of comments sent by activists last week, on Tuesday, September 9, the US House of Representatives voted to approve HR 5078. This bill was yet another attempt to block the Clean Water Act protection rule-making underway by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). You can see how… Read more »

American Rivers Releases Report on Financing Water Infrastructure

Get the report at www.americanrivers.org/advocateguide Washington, DC– With water infrastructure decaying and threatening clean water in cities nationwide, American Rivers today released a report, “Drinking water infrastructure: Who Pays and How” to help water, community, and taxpayer advocates better understand how water utilities finance new infrastructure projects. The report provides important and timely information because… Read more »