FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress

The buzz over natural gas continued on Tuesday as the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  “There is a growing discrepancy between the natural gas industry’s claim that nothing ever goes wrong and the drumbeat of investigations and personal tragedies which demonstrate a… Read more »

Toledo Resident becomes a Green Infrastructure Advocate

It’s that season again, the rainy season I once spoke of in a blog back in 2009 when American Rivers was working with the City of Toledo, New England Rain Barrel Company, and Rain Garden Initiative of Toledo – Lucas County offering rain barrels at a reasonable price. This was the first sale of its kind… 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 »

Great Lakes – An Environmental History Lesson

While my colleagues and I write and make videos on rain gardens, rain barrels, the importance of addressing stormwater pollution, and in general using green infrastructure to improve our rivers, I think it’s important to keep in mind why we do this. Ask anybody who is involved in conservation, whether it’s their job, they participate… 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 »

Go Green This Spring: Save Water, Save Money, and Prevent Pollution

Toledo, OH — For the first time this year, Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan residents have the opportunity to save money and water by purchasing discounted rain barrels, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the Toledo Stormwater Program, the Rain Garden Initiative of Toledo Lucas County and The New England Rain Barrel Company. Rain… Read more »

Great Lakes Workshop Addresses Stormwater Pollution

On July 22nd, American Rivers and Midwest Environmental Advocates will host a free hands-on workshop addressing local regulations and policies that can be changed to reduce runoff and improve the overall health of our rivers and streams.   This workshop, based on American Rivers’ publication Local Water Policy Innovation, will include topics such as understanding the… Read more »

Why Fracking The Grand Is A Bad Idea

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series discusses concerns over fracking the Grand River from Kathryn Hanratty, with Enviroscapes Landscape Design: Take Action to Protect theGrand River Tell the Ohio legislature to institute strong protective standards for natural gas development! The Grand is an incredibly beautiful and diverse river. Springing from wetland… Read more »