Congratulations 2011 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner!

American Rivers would like to congratulate the National River Cleanup® Ohio River Sweep participants in submitting the best photo of 2011! Jeanne Ison of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, submitted this photo of her adorable granddaughter, Christina Crouch, age 3. Their family both organizes and participates in this cleanup every year and together… Read more »

Stopping Sewage Overflows

Don’t you just hate it when… there’s raw sewage in your local rivers? Unfortunately, this is the case all too often with over 850 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage flowing into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, of which American Rivers is a member, recently… Read more »

Local Stormwater Codes and Ordinances

In addition to any federal or state clean water requirements, local governments have an important role to evaluate their own codes and ordinances to ensure they are protecting our communities and our waterways. American Rivers is working at the local level to review current codes and ordinances to provide sound recommendations to Planning Commissions and… Read more »

Progress to a Cleaner Water Supply

Lake Erie algal blooms | Katie Rousseau I started working for American Rivers in August, one week after the infamous water crisis that left more than 500,000 people in Southern Michigan and the Greater Toledo area without water for over two days. The water crisis was from a harmful algal bloom formation over the City’s… Read more »

David Dods Presenting at Rain Garden Workshop

Last week, the Rain Garden Initiative of Toledo – Lucas County put on a two-day Rain Garden Workshop & Training instructed by Rusty Schmidt, a Landscape Ecologist with the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, Minneapolis, Minnesota and David Dods, an Environmental Engineer with URS Corporation in Overland Park, Kansas. The first day was… Read more »

Stand up for Appalachia!

You can go a long way toward helping the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stand up for clean water in Appalachia. Rarely does such a seemingly innocuous piece of rulemaking play such a profound role on the environmental health of an area. You, the public, can applaud and recommend additional improvements to EPA’s draft guidance (PDF) supporting scientific… Read more »

Educating the Community through Rain Garden Signs

Alexander Okonta with his sign after the installation | Karen Okonta & Clay Symington An important aspect of implementing green infrastructure in a community is education. The community needs to understand what it is, why it’s important, and what they can do themselves on a small residential scale to contribute to making green infrastructure a… Read more »

Endangered Rivers On FIRE!

Stop the Attacks on Clean Water  Let Congress know you support the Clean Water Act What a week!  News of the release of American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® spread like wildfire this week.  This gives us great hope that progress will be made towards good decisions for our ten rivers this… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

The Green Infrastructure Conversation in Northern Ohio

American Rivers’ advocacy for green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in the Toledo-Lucas County area is demonstrated with our work with the GSI Task Force. In May I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Ohio Stormwater Conference that was held in Sandusky, OH. I was able to hear presentations from communities all over the state and… Read more »