Natural Security: Congressional Briefing

On September 23, 2009, American Rivers held a Congressional briefing on the Natural Security report in order to inform lawmakers of the need to help communities embrace sustainable solutions to prepare for climate change. Following an introduction by our Senior Vice President for Conservation, Andrew Fahlund, three speakers spoke in depth about the sustainable strategies detailed in our report.

  • Glen Abrams, Watersheds Planning Manager for the Philadelphia Water Department, described how his city is embracing green infrastructure techniques such as green roofs and tree planting to control sewer overflows. He highlighted the numerous benefits of such an approach ranging from increased recreation to improved air quality compared to traditional big pipe solutions. View this presentation (PDF).

These speakers demonstrated that communities are already embracing sustainable strategies and preparing themselves for a changing climate.

You can see full bios of the speakers here (PDF).