Getting Climate Smart!

US Drought Monitor map illustrates the expansive drought conditions | © David Miskus, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC Last year, drought wreaked havoc across more than 65% of the country. Wildfires blazed through 9.2 million acres of the west, crops suffered across the Midwest and 2012 topped out as the hottest year on record. While the fall and winter… Read more »

Urban Rivers of Life

This is a guest blog from Tim Beatley. Tim is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Biophilic Cities Project. Belle Isle, James River, VA | © Tim Beatley There are few natural features as important as rivers and streams in defining cities, in shaping sense… Read more »

Tell the EPA Not to Delay to Protect Clean Water

What You Can Do Ask your representatives to tell the EPA to support stormwater protections | © W.Marsh The price we pay for polluted runoff is in the unspoken cost of countless basement backups, cancelled fishing trips, and closed beaches. Unfortunately, there are plenty of costs we can calculate as well. For instance, the Federal… Read more »

Join National River Cleanup

Working Together to Clean Our Waterways with Plow & Hearth National River Cleanup® was launched in 1991, offering support to individuals, organizations and anyone interested in conducting a cleanup on their local river. Since its start, more than 1,137,500 volunteers have participated in thousands of cleanups across the country covering more than 244,500 miles of… Read more »

The Clock Is Ticking Down To Nominate Your River Champion!

Anacostia River Cleanup | © American Rivers Nominate a River Champion here There are only a few days left to nominate someone for our first ever River Champion award. Nominations end at midnight on Sunday, February 16th. To nominate someone you must submit your nomination through the official nomination form. As part of American Rivers’… Read more »

Proposed Rule Marks An Important Step For Clean Water

The Obama Administrations proposed rule will help clarify confusion around surrounding the types of waters that are protected under the Clean Water Act | © Jaroslav Kuba Today, the Obama Administration publicly released a proposed rule to address the uncertainty and confusion surrounding the types of waters that are protected under the Clean Water Act…. Read more »

Help Us Show Support Clean Water, Healthy Rivers

  Follow us @americanrivers Join us on Tuesday, May 13th from 1:00-2:00pm EST for a Twitter chat with clean water experts from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to learn more about the recently proposed Clean Water rule. This proposed rule is an important step forward to clarify protections under the Clean Water Act for small… Read more »

Protecting Turtles

Protecting Turtles through the Clean Water Act America’s smallest turtle, the bog turtle, only grows to roughly 3-4 inches – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand! Federally listed as a threatened species, these little guys are dependent upon wetlands for their home. Ensuring that these wetlands are protected under the Clean… Read more »

Boundary Waters Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on a proposed copper nickel mine that would release toxic waste into the South Kawishiwi River, threatening fish and wildlife, drinking water quality, and a world class recreation area. “The America’s Most… Read more »

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 »