Cistern at Center for Green Technology in Chicago

Next week, I have the pleasure of traveling with local officials from Northwest Ohio to the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee to learn about their green infrastructure programs and policies. This two-day tour will highlight both buildings and landscapes that protect our rivers through natural stormwater management by incorporating rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement,… Read more »

River Policy Update: 2011 Wrap-Up

Welcome to the first edition of the new and improved “River Policy Update”! This monthly blog series will provide comprehensive and timely updates on federal laws and policies affecting rivers across the country. If you’d like to receive the policy update each month by email, sign up here and fill out the survey to let… Read more »

Preserving Urban Rivers in Detroit and Across the Great Lakes

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Johannes Dreisbach. Detroit River | Mike Russell In the early 1900s, Detroit became one of the largest cities in the United States, and the Detroit River played a major role.  The river is 28 miles long and serves as the international border between Canada and the… Read more »

Go Green this Summer: Save Water, Save Money

Toledo, OH — For the second 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 and The New England Rain Barrel Company. Rain barrels are available at the discounted price of… Read more »

EPA Confirms Milwaukee as a Leader on Green Infrastructure

Milwaukee is at the forefront of cities working to truly integrate green infrastructure into their water infrastructure, which also helps with climate adaptation. American Rivers works with the City and our partners at the Sweet Water Trust to help achieve Milwaukee’s green vision. Recently EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited Milwaukee to commend the City’s good work… Read more »

Sand Mining for Fracking in Texas

On our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, we highlighted many types of mining, from uranium to copper and gold to coal. It is no secret that extractive industries tend to be hard on the environment.  When we listed our #1 Most Endangered River this year, the Susquehanna River, for natural gas development, we… Read more »

Don’t Suck the Plover Dry

Today’s guest blog about the #4 Little Plover River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Barbara Gifford, a long-term local resident living near the river, and a member of Friends of the Little Plover River. Take Action to Protect theLittle Plover River Tell Wisconsin Governor to limit pumping and protect… Read more »

Stimulus funding can improve public health, clean water in Wisconsin

(Washington, DC) – Wisconsin is ready to take a big step forward into the 21st century.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has made available $8 million in funding in the form of a set-aside for green infrastructure, and water and energy efficiency  projects.  American Rivers conducted a quick survey around the… Read more »

Floodplain Easements are a Wise Investment & Bring Multiple Benefits

After 10 years of cuts to agricultural conservation programs, no one is doing more with less than the NRCS. Effective flood management requires us to use a host of tools and techniques, from improved stormwater management to floodplain ordinances that keep us from building in flood-prone places (a bad habit we’ve continued since the Great… Read more »

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week

Register today for American Hiking Society’s Hike The Hill: Trails Advocacy Week February 12-17, 2011. Trail advocates from across the nation will come to the nation’s capital to promote and protect our nation’s system of trails – including water trails. Come talk to your elected officials about your water trail and get up to speed… Read more »