Water Experts Available to Comment on Drought Science, Politics, and Solutions

Washington, DC – This summer, more than 55 percent of the United States is in a moderate to extreme drought situation. Farmers are losing crops, businesses are losing revenue, and communities are scrambling to address dwindling drinking water sources. As the nation’s leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams, American… Read more »

Extreme Drought And Its Challenges To The US’s Clean Water Supply

U.S. Drought Monitor Map | Richard Heim, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC This summer we have seen and felt the impacts of one of the worst droughts in the last 50 years. As of late June, over 55% of the country was experiencing moderate to extreme drought. The map to the right illustrates the drought’s far-reaching impacts; and while… Read more »

My Contribution To Stormwater Issues

Green roof at the Civic Gardens in Cincinnati, OH | Katie Rousseau This morning I woke up to the sound of a rather heavy, but steady rain outside my window. This sound made me feel calm and peaceful. This lasted for only a minute before I thought about taking a shower and how the water… Read more »

Preparing Utilities for a Changing Climate

Green roof in Philadelphia, PA | © Leonel Ponce In the last two years, we have seen a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms. In 2011, 14 different extreme weather events resulted in damages of more than $1 billion each. That trend has shown no signs of… Read more »

Climate Change Threatens the Great Outdoors

Paddling on the Verde River Blue Trail, AZ | Doug Von Gausig Summertime. The perfect time to be outside, enjoying endless rays of sunshine, running barefoot, splashing in cool water and drinking lemonade. I often picture, as I sit in my cubicle, the adventures I could set off on – hiking deep into the woods,… Read more »

VIDEO: Improving hydropower dams benefits rivers

Dams hurt rivers. They block a river’s flow and harm water quality, fish and wildlife, and recreational opportunities. In some cases where a dam is outdated, unsafe, or has outlived its usefulness, American Rivers advocates for dam removal. But in many cases, keeping a working hydropower dam in place makes sense. And with some upgrades… Read more »

Water Resources Bill Weakens Environmental Review and Public Comment

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. American Rivers President Bob Irvin stated: “The Water Resources Reform and Development Act traditionally authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct flood management, ecosystem restoration and navigation projects on our nation’s rivers and coasts. Unfortunately,… 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 »