Stopping Sewage Overflows

Don’t you just hate it when… there’s raw sewage in your local rivers? Unfortunately, this is the case all too often with over 850 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage flowing into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, of which American Rivers is a member, recently… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

The STOPS Runoff Act: Treating Stormwater Where it Falls

Last week, Senator Cardin introduced the STOPS Runoff Act (S. 3602) that will reduce polluted stormwater runoff from federally funded highway and road projects. Roads are a major source of polluted stormwater runoff because rainwater that falls is unable to infiltrate these hard surfaces and soak into the ground. Instead, this water runs along the surface of… Read more »

One Man’s Vision: First Ever Rock River Sweep

Frank Masterman is a man of vision and passion.  He understands the multitude of problems trash cause in his local Rock River in Oregon, Illinois and was inspired to take action.  He has transformed what began as a single cleanup in 2009 into the “1st ever Great Rock River Sweep.”  As part of American Rivers’… Read more »

Giving Back to the Mighty Mississippi

“The face of the river, in time, became a wonderful book … which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it had uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story… Read more »

Floodplain and Wetlands Restoration Projects

Coyote Creek, CaliforniaAfter major flooding in 1983, the Santa Clara Valley Water District sought approval for levee setbacks and bypass channels. The project was completed in 1995 and is credited for reducing flooding in 1997. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, flood waters would have been 40 percent faster and water volume would… Read more »

Follow the Money: An Agenda for Smarter Infrastructure Funding in the Great Lakes

Executive Summary Our national priorities drive our public investments. The reverse is also true: Where and how we spend public water infrastructure dollars drives future investment priorities. These decisions also have a material impact on the water quality of our communities and the Great Lakes as a whole. Each year the federal government, states, municipalities… Read more »

Unnatural Disasters, Natural Solutions: Lessons from the Flooding of New Orleans

Executive Summary The images are seared into our memories. As Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, the long-ignored warnings about the inadequacy of New Orleans’ defenses came shockingly, vividly alive. The flooding of New Orleans that followed was a tragic and appalling disaster. But it was not a natural disaster. Poor project planning, flawed project design, misplaced… Read more »