Senate Passes Flood Insurance Reform

Washington – In a win for public safety, taxpayers, and the environment, the Senate and House today passed critical reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program.  American Rivers has worked for years to reform the program, which has run up a near $20 billion debt to the Federal Treasury, and encouraged destruction of floodplains and… Read more »

MLK Day of Service: Volunteer to Clean Your River

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated in 1957, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”  His words continue to resonate with us to this day as the upcoming anniversary of his birth approaches on January 16, 2012. On August 23, 1994 under President Bill Clinton, federal legislation was… Read more »

House Attacks Public Health Protections in the Name of Coal

Stream Pollution from Coal Mines near Route 160 in Letcher County, Kentucky | Last week, Representative Johnson (R-OH) introduced the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012” (H.R. 3409) with the bill expected to hit the floor this week. If the goal of the bill’s sponsors is to protect the coal industry, they… Read more »

Using Urban Farms as a Green Infrastructure Tool

Billboard at Civic Works Real Food Farm | Jenny Hughes Polluted runoff is a major source of pollution for the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocations were set as pollution caps that have an accompanying implementation plan that will ultimately restore the Bay’s water quality. All communities within the Chesapeake… Read more »

Costly and Extreme Bill Would Slow Job Growth, Hurt Business, Harm Communities, and Weaken Environmental Protection

Washington – Congress may be on vacation, but that hasn’t stopped Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) from introducing a bill that outlines a radical and potentially destructive vision for American hydropower—a vision that is at odds with mainstream thinking about hydropower policy. The bill, HR 6247, is designed to muzzle critics of unsafe and environmentally destructive… Read more »

Oppose the Chesapeake Bay Dirty Water Act

Take action to protect the Bay from a bad bill that sets a dangerous precedent to weaken Clean Water Act protections across the country. More dirty water coming to the Chesapeake Bay, and maybe your river soon. Don’t be deceived by the words” reauthorization” and “improvement.” The “Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act” (H.R…. Read more »

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »

American Rivers names America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2012

Washington, D.C. – With Congress considering drastic cuts to national clean water protections, and rivers nationwide facing threats from natural gas drilling, pollution, and new dams, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. American Rivers named the Potomac River, known as ‘the nation’s river’ as it flows through the capital,… Read more »