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 »

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 »

Low Impact Development Manual for the Lower Maumee and Ottawa River Watersheds

Read the full report (PDF) INTRODUCTION This manual is written to provide stormwater managers and site designers with a common understanding of Low Impact Development (LID) goals and objectives, site assessment considerations, and a toolbox of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) applicable to the Lower Maumee and Ottawa River watersheds. BMP information includes design guidelines, specifications,… Read more »

One year later, Ohio’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Ohio are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including $1.2 billion in specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American… Read more »

Green Reserve — Water Infrastructure in the Stimulus at One Year

At the groundbreaking of a “green street” project in Edmonston, Maryland, funded by the stimulus, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “Environmental protection, if done right, is about protecting a community. You should never have to choose between an economy that’s vibrant and green and an environment that’s vibrant and green.” That’s exactly why the “green… Read more »

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

Toledo, OH — Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan residents have a great 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 barrels help residents use… 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 »

Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Initiatives

Rain barrel | American Rivers When it rains polluted stormwater often pours directly into rivers from dirty streets and parking lots, or into overburdened wastewater and drinking water treatment systems.  This poses a health hazard for people, as well as fish and wildlife To reduce the effects of stormwater, American Rivers works on the local, state… Read more »