Announcing America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2012

It’s here – the 2012 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®! From pollution to fracking to dams and dredging, this year we’re highlighting issues that have a direct impact on our clean water, public health, and wildlife. Every year since 1986, this report has put a spotlight on ten rivers at risk. With the 2012… Read more »

We’ve Reached A Milestone…

This spring, we hit a big milestone. It wasn’t a fun milestone, like a 50th wedding anniversary or record number of home runs, instead it was rather sobering. Atmospheric monitoring stations across the Arctic have been measuring more than 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide (a heat-trapping gas) in the atmosphere. At the… Read more »

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 »

Is the ski industry green? Not if it supports drying up rivers

H.R. 3189 would allow private water users to dry up rivers with impunity | © dalioPhot In his recent Grist article, Greg Hanscom writes about actions the ski industry is taking to combat climate change. He examines the lobbying muscle of the National Ski Areas Association and looks at the issues the industry group is… Read more »

The Army Corps Relaxes Restrictions for Trees on Levees

The Corps interim policy is a step forward for river health and fish and wildlife habitat | Joe Mabel American Rivers is often critical of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But last week the Corps released a new interim policy that should allow for better fish and wildlife habitat along levee systems around the nation…. Read more »