American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report, “Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods,” calls on Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize river restoration and protection and… Read more »

A Green Grid for Clean Water?

If we can have a smart grid for energy, why not a green grid for clean water? From ‘New York’s Green Grid’: “Planners wrangled natural streams into (eventually) rusty pipe systems. The city dredged so many swamps and poured so much asphalt that the ground has become unable to handle heavy downpours. When it rains… Read more »

Economic Stimulus and Habitat Restoration

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard by now that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been signed into law. What might not be quite as evident is that, tucked among its 407 pages, is funding for habitat restoration. This is funding that will be able to be used… Read more »

Halliburton Strikes Again and Again and Again

Halliburton — a company famous for its ties to our previous Vice President, Dick Cheney, and now its infamous “Halliburton loophole” in the Safe Drinking Water Act.  I expect in the past couple of weeks you have heard Halliburton tied to the cement failure that may have caused the BP oil spill this past summer.  Guess… Read more »

Merrimack Village Dam Removal to Begin Next Week

Removal is slated to begin on the Merrimack Village Dam on Monday, August 6, and thanks to the ‘dam cam’ provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center, people around the world will have the opportunity to watch the river as it transforms back into its natural free-flowing state. The Souhegan River… Read more »

Protecting Rivers in NY from Fracking

As you know, American Rivers has listed two rivers on the border of New York as America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2010 and 2011— the Upper Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers.  The issue of natural gas development continues to be battled on many fronts in the states and federal government. Today our friends at Riverkeeper in… Read more »

Smart Infrastructure Investments Will Boost Jobs, Quality of Life

Water. What could be more important and fundamental to our health, and our lives? Clean water is the lifeblood of our communities, yet our nation’s water infrastructure — our drinking water and wastewater systems, dams and levees — are woefully outdated. Consider: According to the EPA, an estimated 1.8 million to 3.5 million people get… Read more »

Migratory Fish and the Dollars They Bring

Osprey Catches Alewife, Damariscotta Mills, Maine | Keith Carver For many of us it never gets old to see a river flowing free after a restoration, new plants growing in the restored area, and fish and wildlife returning to the reopened habitat. However, that beautiful landscape or recovery of an endangered species isn’t the only… Read more »