REI’s Sally Jewell to head Interior Department

Washington –  American Rivers today welcomed President Obama’s choice of REI chief executive Sally Jewell to head the Department of the Interior. The President of American Rivers, Bob Irvin, made the following statement: “We applaud President Obama’s choice of Sally Jewell for Secretary of the Interior. As the head of REI, the outdoor gear and… Read more »

Report Details Benefits of ‘Daylighting’ Urban Streams

Read the report:  www.AmericanRivers.org/DaylightingReport Washington, DC – With many miles of streams buried underground in cities nationwide, American Rivers today released a report, “Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities” to highlight the benefits of revitalizing urban streams. The report shows how daylighting streams – freeing them from underground pipes and restoring them… Read more »

Is Your Favorite River Endangered This Year?

Guess what rivers are the most endangered this year?  If you live in this state alphabet soup, you might see a nearby river in the news on May 15: CO, DC, GA, IA, KS, MD, MO, MT, ND, NE, OH, PA, SD, UT, VA, WA, WV, and WY Are you wondering what issues we will… Read more »

MillerCoors Employees Clean Up Local Rivers During Great Water Month

MillerCoors celebrates Great Water Month in Golden, CO | MillerCoors Personally, I love a cold beer after a float down the river.  And you certainly can’t call yourself a “beer lover” without recognizing how important clean water is to the production of that bit of frothy goodness.  Water is essential to every step of the… Read more »

Shampoo, Soap, and Toothpaste: The New Water Pollution?

the Italian voice Last week, a study from the University of Minnesota found that increasing amounts of triclosan, an anti-microbial ingredient used in soaps, toothpastes, and even some over-the-counter drugs, were present in lakes across Minnesota. Researchers studied sediment cores from the bottoms of eight different lakes and found that levels of triclosan and its… Read more »

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 »