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

Washington, DC – Communities across Washington 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 »

How Restoring Rivers can Make us More Resilient

Climate change will fundamentally impact our streams and rivers in ways that threaten species, ecosystems, and communities. In the Northwest region, we are already concerned that increased rain and flooding in the winter, coupled with decreasing summer streamflows and smaller mountain snowpacks, will significantly change our rivers’ systems in the coming years and decades.  That… Read more »

Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection

Yesterday was a big day for rivers as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved several Wild and Scenic River bills by unanimous consent.  American Rivers has been working with local communities and river groups to develop proposals and advocating on Capitol Hill for several of of these rivers, including the the Molalla River in Oregon and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River,… Read more »

How Quickly a River Recovers

I last wrote about the Hemlock Dam located on Trout Creek in Washington state in August, when the dam removal was completed by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, with funding from American Rivers, NOAA, and numerous other partners. Along with the dam removal, the stream channel of Trout Creek was also redesigned and restored at… Read more »

American Rivers names Seattle one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities

Washington, DC – American Rivers today named Seattle as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The city was chosen for its cost-effective water conservation and efficiency measures. The report, “Natural Security: how sustainable water strategies are preparing communities for a changing climate,” comes as… Read more »

Obama administration embraces Bush salmon plan on Columbia-Snake rivers

Seattle — The Obama administration’s decision to accept the Columbia and Snake river salmon plan developed under the Bush administration is bad news for the basin’s endangered salmon, communities, and the region as a whole, American Rivers said today. It will now be up to federal Judge James Redden to determine whether the plan passes… Read more »

Illabot Creek Field Trip

Guest blog by Bonnie Rice, Associate Director of Conservation in our Northwest Regional Office This morning was one of those mornings when I feel very fortunate to be working at American Rivers, protecting more Washington State rivers and streams through Wild and Scenic River designation. Over the past two years, American Rivers has been working… Read more »