2014 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner!

Lisa Cochran, Cincinnati OH, Ohio River Sweep | Jerry Schulte Let’s give a big round of applause from our computer screens to Lisa Cochran, everyone who pitched in to help plan, and all of those who volunteered at the 2014 Ohio River Sweep for winning the 2014 National River Cleanup Photo Contest!  The Ohio River… Read more »

Toledo’s Water Crisis – Federal and State Responses

Today’s post is a guest blog written by Adam Rissien, Agricultural and Water Policy Director for Ohio Environmental Council. Lake Erie algal blooms | Katie Rousseau One August 2nd, 2014 over 400,000 Toledo residents were warned not to use their tap water because an algal bloom parked over the city’s water intake in western Lake… Read more »

72 Dams removed in 2014

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »

Protecting Clean Water

For Toledo residents — and across the country — polluted runoff is contaminating water in streams and wetlands. Americans shouldn’t have to worry where their next glass of water is coming from. The Clean Water Protection rule can help us protect our drinking water and ensure clean water for our rivers and our communities –… Read more »

New Video on Toxic Algae in Toledo

Algal Bloom in Lake Erie About 2 months ago, my colleague Katie Rousseau posted a blog on the drinking water ban in Toledo and what caused it. Unsafe levels of algae-specific toxins got into the drinking water supply, and people were dependent on water being shipped in from other areas. It still is a very… Read more »

Cleaning up the Great Miami River with Cox Conserves

Cox Conserves volunteers about to set off along the river to clean up! | Lisa Powell – Dayton Daily News One of my favorite weekend activities is hopping on my bike and peddling down to the waterfront for a bike ride. As I ride down the path I pass picnicking families, joggers, dog walkers, and… Read more »

Media availability: Toledo drinking water solutions

In the wake of Toledo’s drinking water crisis, American Rivers announced that Katie Rousseau, Director of Clean Water Supply for the Great Lakes Region, is available for media interviews to discuss clean water supply solutions. American Rivers is a national non-profit river conservation organization working to protect healthy rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean… Read more »

River Champions – Reader Nominated

Jeanne Ison – Ohio River Sweep Jeanne Ison and her kids at a cleanup Jeanne Ison developed the Ohio River Sweep in 1989 after viewing the trash conditions, just miles downstream of Cincinnati. The cleanup has occurred every year since then. Each year, thousands of volunteers come together to clean the shores of the Ohio… Read more »

Map of US Dam Removals 1936-2014

Few things have such a fundamental impact on a river as a dam. Dams block a river’s flow and can harm clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities. American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams. We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we… Read more »

How Creatively Can You Interpret Water Quality Data?

Check out the this fun animated video about Portage River water quality testing put together by the students at Eastwood Middle School. Eastwood Middle School students put their creative thinking caps on when they put together a five minute video using GoAnimate to explain their October water quality testing results for the Portage River in… Read more »