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 »

Green infrastructure projects in Illinois 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 16 examples of ready-to-go projects in Illinois with a value of over $115 million that would not only create jobs and… Read more »

Help Improve Recreation, Water Quality on the Chicago River

Friends of the Chicago River is working to change the water quality standards for the Chicago River to protect the people who enjoy it and the wildlife that call it home.Right now, you have an opportunity to help make that happen. In 2007, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency proposed improved water quality standards for the Chicago… Read more »

Cistern at Center for Green Technology in Chicago

Next week, I have the pleasure of traveling with local officials from Northwest Ohio to the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee to learn about their green infrastructure programs and policies. This two-day tour will highlight both buildings and landscapes that protect our rivers through natural stormwater management by incorporating rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement,… Read more »

Great Lakes – An Environmental History Lesson

While my colleagues and I write and make videos on rain gardens, rain barrels, the importance of addressing stormwater pollution, and in general using green infrastructure to improve our rivers, I think it’s important to keep in mind why we do this. Ask anybody who is involved in conservation, whether it’s their job, they participate… Read more »