Time for a 21st Century Approach to Flood Management

Download the “Natural Defenses” report Throughout history, we have built up and encroached upon the areas that naturally provide us with multiple benefits – our rivers, floodplains, wetlands, and upland areas.  For far too long we have ignored the inevitable impacts of watershed development, piece meal flood control approaches, and agricultural practices, trading off our… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Making Its Mark from Small Towns to Big Cities

At the end of September, New York City introduced a $1.5 billion plan to implement green infrastructure technologies across the city to help manage the stormwater runoff that overwhelms the city’s water infrastructure and causes an estimated 1.25 billion gallons of untreated sewage to flow directly into the city’s waterways every year. Together with a $2.9… Read more »

Demand for Green Infrastructure Projects Higher Than Ever

Washington, DC – A new report issued by American Rivers analyzes how the $1.2 billion of green water infrastructure funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent. According to a new report, “Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable Water,” demand for green infrastructure projects has never been… Read more »

Bids Accepted for Simkins Dam Removal

Washington DC – American Rivers is pleased to announce that we are accepting bids for the removal of the Simkins Dam on the Patapsco River in Ellicott City, Maryland. We have been working with Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Maryland Department of Natural Resources for the past two years to… Read more »

Going Green for Clean Water

The “streamscape” of my childhood memories is one of fallen log bridges, hidden treasure, and secret trails. Although my local creek was hardly pristine, it was bordered by woods and filled with fish and tadpoles, a place where my friends and I spent many hours exploring, mapping, and making our own. These days, as I… Read more »

Oil Spill Reminds Us of the Importance of Our Great Waters

As oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico from the devastating BP spill, the connection between clean waters, communities, and healthy wildlife becomes clear. Images of oil soaked brown pelicans, fishermen with no fish to catch, and beachgoers sharing the sand with cleanup crews fill our newspapers and present us with the inescapable… Read more »

Green Infrastructure as Modern Art: Sustaining Our Cities

My colleague Stacey was intrigued after hearing a piece on about the nexus of modern art and sustainable urban design. She writes: Barry Bergdoll, the a curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, discussed a new exhibit called “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront,”which brings artists and architects together to present their solutions… Read more »

Forge Pond Dam Breach is a Wake Up Call for Dam Owners

(Northampton, MA) – American Rivers today called the breach of the Forge Pond Dam in Freetown a wake up call for dam owners statewide. The 300 year old dam is one of the most unsafe dams in Massachusetts. It breached last night, threatening nearby homes with floodwaters. The breach is linked to recent storms, which… Read more »

Green Reserve — Water Infrastructure in the Stimulus at One Year

At the groundbreaking of a “green street” project in Edmonston, Maryland, funded by the stimulus, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “Environmental protection, if done right, is about protecting a community. You should never have to choose between an economy that’s vibrant and green and an environment that’s vibrant and green.” That’s exactly why the “green… Read more »