Water Resources Bill Brings New Challenges for River Protection

Washington – The Senate voted today to approve HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, makes major changes to how Army Corps of Engineers water projects are reviewed under cornerstone environmental laws. “WRRDA is a mixed bag for rivers,” said Bob… Read more »

Dam Ownership – The Argument For and Against Keeping a Dam

West Henniker Creek, NH | American Rivers This blog is a part of our series this month on River Restoration Challenges. Dam owners come in all stripes. Many are private individuals, but others are government entities, companies, and even non-profits. Regardless, all dam owners face the same fundamental choice: whether to continue to maintain their… Read more »

American Rivers Applauds New National Monument Designations

Washington – American Rivers today applauded President Obama for designating five new national monuments covering more than 240,000 acres. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “We commend President Obama for his leadership and vision in protecting five new national monuments that will safeguard historic, cultural, and natural treasures for future… Read more »

American Rivers and National Park Service Launch “River Stories”

Washington, DC – American Rivers and the National Park Service have teamed up to create “River Stories,” an innovative, web-based storytelling format that aims to engage people in understanding, enjoying, and conserving their waterways. Using the National Geographic Maps groundbreaking GeoStories platform, River Stories combines maps, photos, and video to take viewers on virtual tours… Read more »

Clean Water Act Integrated Permitting Framework Released

I’ve got a pretty old car – a ’97 Civic with almost 250,000 miles on it. Because I’ve maintained it regularly over the years, it’s still going strong. Nonetheless, an old car sometimes needs updates, and I was just hit with a pretty steep bill for repairs. And this was after paying the registration fee,… Read more »

The Clean Water Act Through the Generations

Michael Paul Growing up in Georgia, my sister and I spent countless hours walking the banks of our little creek, crossing fallen logs, racing stick boats, and looking for buried treasure that we were sure lay beneath the sandbars. It didn’t matter to us that our creek was known officially on maps only as “an… Read more »

To Float Or Not To Float The Waste…That Is The Question

Wastewater trucks near the Susquehanna River| Carol Manuel One thing you can say about America – for better or worse, we are a nation with no shortage of innovators, problem solvers, and grand schemers.  Following the latest trends to improve efficiency of natural gas development can be a never-ending pursuit of ideas and solutions.  Today… Read more »

Taking Control: Managing Your Stormwater Runoff Contribution

Yuba River, CA | Jacob Dyste The challenges facing our rivers today are daunting; and frequently the solutions are equally so. Dam removal, floodplain restoration, and political maneuvering to protect wild and scenic rivers are not solutions that an everyday river enthusiast can relate to. Even as a professional in river conservation, the road forward… Read more »

New WRDA, Same Old Congress

The Big Sunflower River, MS would have been severely damaged by the Yazoo pumps project | © Louie Miller This week, the Senate is debating a bill called the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), S 601 [PDF], that will tell the Army Corps of Engineers what water infrastructure to build on our nation’s rivers and… Read more »

Why Should I Care About the Cost of Tap Water?

This is a guest blog from Jennifer Walker, the Water Resources Coordinator for the Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter. Jennifer works primarily on the Texas Living Water Project, which is a joint project between the Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation to transform the way we manage and allocate our water to better preserve the… Read more »