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 1936-2013

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 American Rivers has pioneered a science-based approach to the removal of outdated dams.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 »

The Cuyahoga River: No Joke

This is a guest blog from Jon Roush. Jon Roush has been executive vice president and chair of the board of The Nature Conservancy, president of The Wilderness Society, and a consultant to over 100 conservation groups. He is retired and lives in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about protecting clean water in rivers, check… Read more »

Putting Polluters Before People’s Health?

Speak up to protect the Ohio River from mercury and other toxic chemical discharges by emailing ORSANCO now! The Ohio River Basin Commission (ORSANCO) is proposing to extend a deadline two years for polluters to comply with rules to eliminate discharges of harmful ‘bioaccumulative chemicals of concern’ (BCCs) such as mercury to areas in the… Read more »

The Long-term Progress on the Great Miami River

For four years in a row, American Rivers and Cox Conserves has been working to cleanup the Great Miami River, OH | © Courtney Barefoot “It’s really not that bad out here.” I heard this comment repeated by more than one person on Friday, July 19th at the fourth annual Clean Sweep of the Great… Read more »