It’s That Time of Year Again!

Iowa river cleanup volunteers have fun while giving back | © Iowa City Stormwater Its official, the 2013 National River Cleanup®season has begun! Last year, over 92,000 volunteers removed 3.5 million pounds of trash from more than 39,000 miles of waterways across America. As a result, the 2012 National River Cleanupwas the most successful season… Read more »

Reconnecting with Your Favorite Places

Fireworks at the nation’s capitol | © M.V. Jantzen Fourth of July – barbeques, fireworks, sunscreen, and being outdoors. What could make for a better holiday weekend? The Fourth is a time where we as Americans reconnect to things and people that are important to us – our families, friends, the outdoors, maybe your favorite… Read more »

See How Rivers Connect Us – River Mapping

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Madelaine Pierce. Now you can trace your local river to learn more about its impact to your community | © NationalAtlas.gov The earliest known maps date back to before 16,500 BC, depicting simple images of the heavens and skies. Today, we can enjoy a wide variety… 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 »

DamNation film premieres at SXSW

Before/after of Condit Dam site on the White Salmon River | © Ben Knight, DamNation Congratulations to our friends at Felt Soul Media, Stoecker Ecological and Patagonia on the premiere of DamNation at SXSW today! You are going to love this film. You are going to want to watch it multiple times and share it with… Read more »

Protecting the Roots of Rivers

Despite nearly thirty years of comprehensive protection under the Clean Water Act, two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 put protections for small streams and wetlands into question | © Nicholas A. Tonelli Trees draw in water, nutrients, and oxygen from thousands of tiny roots in the soil. Damage to even the smallest of… Read more »

Musings on the Migratory Fish of the Week: Lamprey

Adult Sea Lamprey | USFWS World Fish Migration Day is coming up on Saturday (5/24)! Are you ready? If not, maybe these writings on lamprey will help you along. First, we have a poem by one of American Rivers’ partners, Tim Watts, about Cohannet. “Cohannet” is the Native American name given to the first falls on… Read more »

Turning Faith-based Communities Into Water Conservation Leaders

Today we have a guest blog from Stacey Kennealy, Certification Program and Sustainability Director at GreenFaith in Highland Park, New Jersey. Stacey talks about engaging faith-based organizations in water conservation. Children participate in an interfaith, water-themed summer camp, where they went ponding, did scientific experiments, and learned about different traditions’ rituals on water | GreenFaith… Read more »

Permitting Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality

Download Permitting Green Infrastructure [PDF] Like many sources of water pollution, stormwater generally falls under the prohibitions and requirements created by the federal Clean Water Act.  For over a dozen years, these  requirement have found their way into permits for municipal storm sewer systems.  Unfortunately, these permits have not done enough to stem the flow… Read more »