White House Conference on Green Infrastructure

Katherine Baer speaking at the White House Conference on green infrastructure | American Rivers Last week I had the great opportunity to attend and speak at a White House Conference on Green Infrastructure convened by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency designed to bring together leaders in this area to… Read more »

Sewer Line Breaks, Dumping Raw Sewage in the Hudson

Dirty water in NY waterways | Tom Giebel/Atomische.com Many of our programs and efforts here at American Rivers are focused on creating the “right” water infrastructure for our communities. Particularly in older towns and cities, like the Hudson River Valley town where I live, our water and sewer pipes are more than a century old,… Read more »

Sewage Right To Know Passes In New York

Summer is here and its time to boat, swim and yes, paddleboard, in our rivers and lakes. But to keep safe and healthy and with hundreds of billions of raw and partially treated sewage still getting into our waters every year, you really need to know if and when there’s been a sewage spill. As… Read more »

Report: Green infrastructure saves money

Read the report at www.americanrivers.org/goinggreen Washington, DC – Communities looking for the most cost-effective options for managing polluted runoff and protecting clean water should choose green infrastructure solutions, according to a report released today by American Rivers, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and ECONorthwest. The report, Banking on Green:… Read more »

Oppose the Chesapeake Bay Dirty Water Act

Take action to protect the Bay from a bad bill that sets a dangerous precedent to weaken Clean Water Act protections across the country. More dirty water coming to the Chesapeake Bay, and maybe your river soon. Don’t be deceived by the words” reauthorization” and “improvement.” The “Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act” (H.R…. Read more »

Save the Delaware on International Rivers Day!

  Protect the Delaware River on International Rivers Day!    All across the world today, communities are coming together and speaking out for better protections of our waterways.  Currently, America’s Most Endangered River® of 2010, the Delaware [PDF], is threatened by the Susquehanna-Roseland 500kV Electric Transmission Line.  We believe construction of the proposed project would have… Read more »

Are You Swimming in Sewage?

Do you enjoy splashing in your stream and swimming in your local lake? Does your dog jump into your local creek at every chance? You may think you know whether it’s safe to be in the water, but depending on where you live, there’s a good chance you have no idea… and with hundreds of… Read more »

Protecting Rivers in NY from Fracking

As you know, American Rivers has listed two rivers on the border of New York as America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2010 and 2011— the Upper Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers.  The issue of natural gas development continues to be battled on many fronts in the states and federal government. Today our friends at Riverkeeper in… Read more »

Busy Week for Natural Gas Across the Country

Well pad | Credit: Ecoflight   There has been a lot of activity across the country this week as states grapple with the most appropriate ways to deal with the natural gas boom.  Here are some highlights: For America’s Most Endangered River® of 2011, the Susquehanna River, local activists surprised the Commissioners of the Susquehanna… Read more »

Better stream crossings make for safer roads during storms

Here in the Northeast we saw a lot of damage to roads and streams from Hurricane Irene in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. In many places, road-stream crossings such as bridges and culverts were over topped and washed out, leaving large gaps in our road maps, some of which are still being repaired months later…. Read more »