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 »

Efficiency First

Last week I traveled from our DC office to Atlanta, GA for the release of our new report, “Hidden Reservoir: why water efficiency is the best solution for the Southeast.” I attended our press conference at the Georgia State Capitol building, where Rebecca Wodder, president, and Jenny Hoffner, director of water efficiency, presented the promise… Read more »

Invest in dam safety to protect people, property

Originally posted on : TheState.com When a Lexington County earthen dam sprung a leak this past week, threatening downstream homes, officials quickly went to work to shore up the dam and avoid a flooding disaster. But this problem could have been avoided if the state hadn’t slashed funding for dam safety inspections over the past… Read more »

New Report: Investments in Clean Water Could Create Millions of Jobs

American Rivers has partnered with Green for All and the Economic Policy Institute to compose the report “Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs and Greening the Environment”. The results of the research that was put into the report show that investments in our water infrastructure would yield 1.9 million American jobs and add $265 billion… Read more »

Preparing for extremes in Nashville

Hit a year ago by one of the worst floods in its history, Nashville suffered the loss of more than 30 lives and over $1 billion of property damage.  Just three years prior to that Tennessee was in the grips of the 2007 drought, one of the driest years in a century with 500,000 citizens… 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yet our nation’s water infrastructure — our drinking water and wastewater systems, dams and levees — are woefully outdated.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 »

Then and Now: National River Cleanup History

It was in 1991 that a group of ambitious America Outdoors employees began planning the first National River Cleanup Week. Their goal? “Remove tons of trash and debris from over 3,000 miles of waterways, encourage public involvement in the stewardship of river resources, and foster better working relationships between river interest groups.” In the twenty… Read more »