Get More Green’ calculator shows water, money savings of green roofs

Washington – A new online calculator from American Rivers lets individuals discover the benefits of installing green roofs on their homes and businesses. Green roofs are gaining popularity as cities look for cost-effective ways to protect and restore clean water. A green roof is one that is covered with plants and shrubs. By absorbing rainwater and… Read more »

Keeping Cool With Green Infrastructure

We’re officially into summer here in Washington, DC with temperatures consistently hitting the 90s (and even the 100s!). Particularly in urban areas, the large number of hard surfaces like parking lots and rooftops can be 50-90°F hotter than the surrounding air, causing higher temperatures compared to more rural areas. This is often referred to as… Read more »

Drowned Towns: What Lies Beneath the Reservoirs?

This is a guest blog from our intern Johannes Dreisbach. Hoover Dam, AR, NV | USBR Halloween is just a day away.  In a matter of hours, goblins and ghouls will be running amok in city streets and monsters will be haunting television screens.  With all of the spooky activities that will soon be taking… Read more »

Missouri River Water Wars Continue As Drought Persists

Missouri River flooding | Susan Abbot, USACE Remember back in good old 2011, when the Missouri River flooded like crazy and everyone wondered if it would ever stop? Boy did it stop in 2012! The flood has been nearly forgotten with the massive drought conditions across the Midwest. In 2012, American Rivers listed the Missouri… Read more »

Celebrate Earth Day with American Rivers!

Everyone has fun at a cleanup! | © Dept. of Natural Resources On this day in 1970, over 20 million people gathered across America to celebrate the first Earth Day. Founded by U.S. Wisconsin Senator Nelson Gaylord, Earth Day marked the beginning of the environmental movement. It also spearheaded the creation of the Environmental Protection… Read more »

The End of Cheap Water?

Today’s guest blog is from Sharlene Leurig, the Senior Manager of the Ceres Water Program, where she works with drinking water, stormwater and wastewater service providers to develop physical infrastructure and rate structures that enable development of sustainable water systems. We need smart investments when rebuilding our crumbling water infrastructure | © Jef Nickerson The… Read more »

Forest to Faucets: A New Model for Forest Management

This is a guest blog by Mike DeBonis. Mike is Executive Director at The Forest Guild, where he works to practice and promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. Download the complete Forest to Faucets report The traditional… Read more »

Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act Introduced to House and Senate

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for clean water and healthy rivers, today applauded Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) for introducing the ‘Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013’ in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Senator Udall and Representative Edwards’ bill builds on the growing momentum across the… Read more »

Stand Up For Your Water With National River Cleanup

Show your support for clean water by volunteering at a National River Cleanup event | © Robyn Janssen, Rogue River Cleanup, OR I went to college in Western Pennsylvania within view of the stacks of one of the east coast’s most polluting coal-fired power plants. On your way in and out of town you would… Read more »

Middle Fork Clearwater & Lochsa Rivers

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Middle Fork Clearwater & Lochsa Rivers Idaho Threat: Industrialization of a Wild and Scenic River corridor At risk: Scenery, solitude, world-class recreational values Clearwater River, ID | © AlbertaScrambler The Middle Fork Clearwater River and one of its main tributaries, the Lochsa River, were among America’s first rivers to… Read more »