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 »

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 »

House Attacks Public Health Protections in the Name of Coal

Stream Pollution from Coal Mines near Route 160 in Letcher County, Kentucky | iLoveMountains.org 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 »

Join the Anacostia River Paddle Race & Festival – October 6

Register for the first annual Anacostia River Paddle Race | Anacostia Watershed Society Test your paddling skills on a new course on the Anacostia River this October! Anacostia Watershed Society is proud to announce the first annual Anacostia River Paddle Race & Festival on October 6, 2012. The 11-mile out-and-back course from The Yards Park… Read more »

A Look Back in Honor of National Water Quality Month

Willamette River, OR before the Clean Water Act | Oregon State University Archives I’ve never known a time without a Clean Water Act in the United States. This became particularly clear to me after watching footage from Oregon State University’s archives of the Willamette River in the 1930s and 1940. While I’ve seen water pollution… 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 »

Clean Water Financing Gets a Boost on the Hill

Columbia River Gorge, OR | Stacey Detwiler If you’ve been keeping an eye on the state of funding for water infrastructure over the past few years, you may have noticed a general trend. Like most federal funding these days, programs that provide critical funds for water infrastructure have been steadily cut. The Clean Water and… Read more »

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 »

Tubing The Shenandoah Puts Importance Of Clean Water Into Focus

Last weekend, I spent the day tubing down the Shenandoah River by Harper’s Ferry, close to where it meets the Potomac. There are few better ways to beat the heat of a Washington, DC summer than escaping downtown and spending some time on (or in) the water! Fortunately for me and my fellow tubers, it… Read more »

A Repeat of 2011? Dirty Water Riders in the House Interior Appropriations Bill

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will mark up their appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013. This bill authorizes spending for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior (DOI), and other agencies like the Forest Service. Unfortunately, in a repeat of 2011, the House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill includes… Read more »