American Rivers Announces Four Additions to National Board of Directors

(Washington, DC) – American Rivers today announced that it has added four new members to its national board of directors. The new directors bring a wealth of expertise and diversity of experience to American Rivers, the leading organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive. Victor Ashe (Knoxville, TN) served as Ambassador to the… Read more »

Water Bottles Pollute River Clean-up

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to join our National River Clean-up Coordinator Ginny Crake on a clean-up event with Catholic University’s incoming first year law students at Rock Creek Park. This was a special occasion for me for a number of reasons; first because I live in the backyard of Rock Creek, second, because I lived… Read more »

The Best Classrooms are Outside

As children, my brother and I spent long summer days playing in the creek behind our house. We lived in the suburbs of Washington, DC so it wasn’t a wild stream, but it felt wild to us. We would climb over our backyard fence and cross the open space to where the mowers stopped, entering… Read more »

Skip the Bag, Save the River

2010 is off to a good start here in Washington, D.C., where American Rivers is headquartered.  Thanks to multiple advocacy groups and unanimous support from the city council, an unprecedented law took effect that could help save our local Anacostia River.  As of January 1, Washingtonians will pay 5 cents per plastic bag.  While this… Read more »

Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities from Floods

Increasing Flood Risk in a Changing Climate The impacts of our changing climate are becoming more apparent every day. In the first decade of the new millennium, extreme rainfall events, combined with changes in land use, have resulted in an increase in flood events and in an increase in annual flood losses from $6 billion… Read more »

Going Green to Save Green: Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure Practices

American Rivers’ series of new reports highlights the economic benefits of green infrastructure strategies to better manage polluted runoff. These practices, from rain gardens to green roofs, work by capturing rainwater where it falls. By reducing the polluted runoff that flows into rivers and streams, green infrastructure practices play a critical role in protecting clean… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Projects in DC Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulating the economy, and American Rivers and its partners have identified 12 examples of ready-to-go projects with a value of nearly $16 million in the District of Columbia that would not… Read more »

Rain Barrel Rewards

We’ve had some mighty storms in the DC area recently. Trees down, flooding, sewer overflows, power outages and the like. In developed areas, when it rains we usually lose most of our water as it is directed to storm drains and sent directly to our streams and rivers, causing unnaturally high flows and resulting damage…. Read more »

Green Roofs – My Ah-Ha Moment

Standing with Barbara Deutsch on the green roof at Casey Trees here in Washington, DC, I had my ah-ha moment. Now, Gary has done a great job of explaining what a green roof is and how it works, but I needed to experience one for myself. So we went on a green roof mini-tour visiting… Read more »