How Much are Safe Drinking Water, Clean Rivers Worth?

Outdated stormwater infrastructure puts clean drinking water at risk. Congress must invest now to protect against sewage overflows. According to the most recent House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for the Department of Interior, the EPA, and other related programs, safe drinking water and clean rivers aren’t worth very much. In the subcommittee’s… Read more »

Dam Removal Resource Center

Develop Your Dam Removal Skills American Rivers has created a series of resources designed to provide information about the different components of a dam removal project and help practitioners develop the skills and confidence necessary to undertake their own projects. Keep reading to learn which tools may be right for you. Our newest resource is… 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 »

Groups Petition EPA to Protect Rivers, Coastal Areas From Polluted Runoff

WASHINGTON, DC — Conservation groups filed petitions today urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority to safeguard rivers, lakes, and streams from polluted runoff from existing commercial, industrial, and institutional sites that are currently failing to adequately control their pollution. Polluted runoff – rainwater that picks up oil, dirt and toxins while… Read more »

Elwha and White Salmon River Restoration Projects Show Great Success

Washington, DC – One year since two of the nation’s most significant river restoration projects began, American Rivers is applauding the progress and significant economic, environmental, and social benefits that have already started to accrue.  The nation’s leading river conservation organization also warned against an extreme piece of legislation that would hurt river restoration efforts… Read more »

Fracking With Diesel

Take Action To Protect Rivers From Diesel ContaminationFrom Fracking Tell the EPA that you support restricting the use of diesel in fracking by July 9th! Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been developing permitting guidance for hydraulic fracturing operations using diesel. The guidance will be the first federal policy focused on protecting drinking… Read more »