Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers who spent time cleaning up our nation’s waterways in 2015, and a special thanks to those who submitted their cleanup photos for the 2015 National River Cleanup Photo Contest!
Preserving and protecting small streams is the best approach to ensure environmental and community benefits such as clean water and flood reduction. In highly urbanized areas, however, where small, headwater streams are often buried, hidden, and forgotten, protecting headwater streams is not possible. Stream daylighting is a relatively new approach that brings these buried waterways… Read more »
A great success story out of Michigan, where we worked with our partners to improve dam operations on the Muskegon River. Check our video feed for the other films in this success series about the Deschutes River and the Saluda River!
A report by Betsy Otto, Kathleen McCormick, and Michael Leccese American Planning Association (APA) holds the copyright for this report. Please do not copy or post the files provided here without permission from APA. To purchase the full report from the American Planning Association bookstore, click here. (Note: All links below are in PDF format)… Read more »
Read the full report (PDF) Introduction Most people would agree that getting caught outside during a rainstorm is an unpleasant experience. In addition to getting soaked by the rain, one has to negotiate the many puddles and running water, or “stormwater runoff” that form during a storm. Most people would also agree that, despite the… Read more »
Introduction The Public Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM), in coordination with American Rivers, released a report documenting the risks that development poses to Michigan’s water quality. The way we currently build our developments, maximizes surfaces that are impervious to water, such as roads, roofs, and parking lots. This type of development treats stormwater like a… Read more »
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 »
Introduction Communities across Michigan are developing plans for addressing polluted stormwater runoff. While many cities are looking at traditional concrete and pipe approaches to address runoff problems, innovative new approaches — sometimes referred to as “soft path” or “green infrastructure” — are multiplying that promise to better protect rivers and lakes while enhancing community beauty… Read more »
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 »