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How Creatively Can You Interpret Water Quality Data?(December 23rd, 2013)

A River Cleanup Virtual Tour(November 26th, 2013)

Protecting Michigan’s Rogue River(November 8th, 2013)

The Business Case for Sustainability(October 28th, 2013)

Sustainable Ely…Up, Running, and Making an Impact(October 15th, 2013)

Little Plover River Still Getting Sucked Dry(October 11th, 2013)

Survey Says… Don’t Mine the Boundary Waters!(September 26th, 2013)

The Cuyahoga River: No Joke(September 25th, 2013)

Putting Polluters Before People’s Health?(September 6th, 2013)

Saving the Central Sands(June 19th, 2013)

Reflections on Preserving Special Places(June 13th, 2013)

Health Concerns Over Mining in Minnesota(June 6th, 2013)

Love At First Sight(May 30th, 2013)

Listen To The River, And Then Fight For It!(May 16th, 2013)

Growing Algal Blooms Pose Public Health Risks(May 9th, 2013)

A Miner’s Take on Mining the Boundary Waters(May 8th, 2013)

Protecting Special Places is Important for Local Businesses(May 1st, 2013)

How Much Does Central Wisconsin Suck?(April 30th, 2013)

Sulfuric Acid Can Really Ruin a Vacation(April 24th, 2013)

Don’t Suck the Plover Dry(April 23rd, 2013)

Boundary Waters Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(April 17th, 2013)

Little Plover River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(April 17th, 2013)

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012(March 12th, 2013)

Preserving Urban Rivers in Detroit and Across the Great Lakes(January 16th, 2013)

My Contribution To Stormwater Issues(January 14th, 2013)

Much Ado About Flooding – Using Green Infrastructure to Reduce A Growing Problem(January 3rd, 2013)

Alexandra Cousteau Talks Sustainable Water Management(December 11th, 2012)

Battles Continue on the St. Croix River(November 14th, 2012)

Urban Water Sustainability Conference Highlights Successful Programs(October 24th, 2012)

The Clean Water Act Through the Generations: Generation Y Series, Pt.3(October 12th, 2012)

A Return to the River in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis(October 12th, 2012)

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure(September 27th, 2012)

White House Conference on Green Infrastructure(September 27th, 2012)

Westlawn Redevelopment(August 8th, 2012)

Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River(July 27th, 2012)

Lake Erie in Serious Trouble(April 24th, 2012)

Green in the Bank – Releasing a New Report on Green Infrastructure Today(April 12th, 2012)

Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding(April 4th, 2012)

Healthy Rivers mean Healthy Lakes at Great Lakes Day(March 1st, 2012)

National River Cleanup® Year in Review: 5 Ws of 2011(January 11th, 2012)

Rain Gardens: A Top Priority for Girl Scouts of the USA in 2012(January 5th, 2012)

Congratulations 2011 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner!(December 13th, 2011)

Giving Thanks – for Fresh Food and Clean Water(November 29th, 2011)

Cities Go Green for Clean Water(October 18th, 2011)

New Report: Investments in Clean Water Could Create Millions of Jobs(October 5th, 2011)

Survey Supports Smart Stormwater Rules(September 16th, 2011)

Swimming in Slime Underscores Need for Smart Clean Water Protections(August 31st, 2011)

Toledo Blade Outdoors Editor Paddles the Mighty Maumee River Again After 27 Years(July 11th, 2011)

State of Preparedness: Wisconsin(July 7th, 2011)

Floodplain Easements are a Wise Investment & Bring Multiple Benefits(June 23rd, 2011)

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding(June 10th, 2011)

Then and Now: National River Cleanup History(June 9th, 2011)

Endangered River’ victory on the Chicago River(June 8th, 2011)

Chat live with Secretary Salazar on America’s Great Outdoors, June 10 at 2 p.m. EDT(June 8th, 2011)

Early Successes on Chicago and Roanoke Rivers(June 7th, 2011)

New Report Calls for Federal Action to Improve Flood Protection, Other Policies in Face of Climate Change(May 26th, 2011)

Most Endangered Rivers Launch Takes Off(May 18th, 2011)

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011(May 17th, 2011)

Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 17th, 2011)

Sewage Bacteria Makes Chicago River One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 17th, 2011)

St. Croix again named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers(May 17th, 2011)

Save it if you’ve got it: The case for water efficiency in the Great Lakes(May 12th, 2011)

Mississippi floods: the Year of the River(May 11th, 2011)

Toledo Resident becomes a Green Infrastructure Advocate(May 10th, 2011)

Levee Breach Shows Importance of Natural Floodplains for Public Safety(May 4th, 2011)

Conservation Expert Available To Comment On Levee Explosion, Rivers, Floods And Community Safety(May 3rd, 2011)

Smooth Driving on Green Streets(April 29th, 2011)

Restoring Clean Water(April 27th, 2011)

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)(April 21st, 2011)

Great Lakes Restoration Funding(April 21st, 2011)

The Green Economy Taking Hold(April 20th, 2011)

Protect Public Health and Clean Water(April 18th, 2011)

FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress(March 24th, 2011)

River Cleanup Showdown!(March 21st, 2011)

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions(March 11th, 2011)

Register for National River Cleanup 2011!(March 7th, 2011)

Tell Your Senators: Don’t Cut Conservation Programs(March 7th, 2011)

Rep. Bachmann’s St. Croix freeway earmark bill would burden taxpayers, harm river heritage(March 1st, 2011)

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history(February 24th, 2011)

Obama prioritizes rivers and blue trails in America’s Great Outdoors(February 16th, 2011)

Show Your Love For Water Trails: Join Trails Advocacy Week(February 1st, 2011)

Green infrastructure considered as potential solution to consent decree costs(January 20th, 2011)

National River Cleanup in Review(January 10th, 2011)

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals(January 4th, 2011)

Midwest’s Rivers and Communities to Benefit from New American Rivers Office(December 8th, 2010)

Toledo, Ohio’s Maywood Avenue Gets Facelift and Gains Recognition from Local Leaders(November 3rd, 2010)

EPA Confirms Milwaukee as a Leader on Green Infrastructure(August 23rd, 2010)

Stopping Sewage Overflows(August 23rd, 2010)

Make the most of the final days of summer — 4 cool rivers to visit on a hot day.(August 12th, 2010)

The STOPS Runoff Act: Treating Stormwater Where it Falls(July 23rd, 2010)

Oil Spill Reminds Us of the Importance of Our Great Waters(July 14th, 2010)

One Man’s Vision: First Ever Rock River Sweep(July 1st, 2010)

America’s Most Endangered Rivers to be Announced June 2(May 17th, 2010)

American Rivers and 13 Milwaukee Groups Receive $3.7 Million in Green Infrastructure Grants(May 10th, 2010)

Green Reserve — Water Infrastructure in the Stimulus at One Year(February 12th, 2010)

58 Dams to be Removed in 2009(November 27th, 2009)

Good news on the Kinnickinnic(November 4th, 2009)

Mid-Year Update: America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009(October 20th, 2009)

Uncertain future for Lower St. Croix River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009(October 20th, 2009)

Mid-America Trails & Greenways Conference: Oct. 25-28(September 23rd, 2009)

New American Rivers office in Milwaukee will focus on protecting clean water(September 21st, 2009)

American Rivers names Soldier’s Grove one of nation’s top ‘water wise’ communities(September 17th, 2009)

Giving Back to the Mighty Mississippi(September 8th, 2009)

Go Green This Summer: Save Water, Save Money, and Prevent Pollution(July 1st, 2009)

Great Lakes Workshop Addresses Stormwater Pollution(June 30th, 2009)

Climate impacts report underscores need to protect, restore rivers and water resources in Great Lakes/Midwest region(June 16th, 2009)

The 2009 River Action Day was a Success!(June 3rd, 2009)

The Many Ways Wild and Scenic Designations Help our Rivers(May 5th, 2009)

Milwaukee’s communities and clean water to benefit from grant awarded to American Rivers(May 1st, 2009)

Toledo City Council Votes for Clean Water(April 29th, 2009)

Radio ad by actor Tom Skerritt urges clean water protections for Minnesota’s rivers(April 28th, 2009)

Lower St. Croix River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers(April 7th, 2009)

American Rivers Calls on Michigan to Invest Stimulus Dollars Wisely to Protect Clean Water, Public Health(March 18th, 2009)

Rain Barrels Available(March 17th, 2009)

Economic Stimulus and Habitat Restoration(February 19th, 2009)

Go Green This Spring: Save Water, Save Money, and Prevent Pollution(February 17th, 2009)

Smart Infrastructure Investments Will Boost Jobs, Quality of Life(February 9th, 2009)

Fish Passage Projects Mean Money and Jobs(February 4th, 2009)

11 Water Efficiency Projects Ready-to-go Across Wisconsin to Create Jobs, Boost Clean Water Supply(January 23rd, 2009)

Ohio Designates New Water Trail(January 6th, 2009)

Permeable Pavement Makes Local Headlines(December 19th, 2008)

Green infrastructure projects in Illinois would create jobs, stimulate economy(December 17th, 2008)

Green Infrastructure Projects in Ohio Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy(December 17th, 2008)

Green Infrastructure Projects in Wisconsin Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy(December 17th, 2008)

Future of Minnesota River, One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2008, Still Hangs in the Balance(December 11th, 2008)

Help Improve Recreation, Water Quality on the Chicago River(November 13th, 2008)

David Dods Presenting at Rain Garden Workshop(October 27th, 2008)

New Report Helps Citizens Fight Stormwater Pollution in Their Communities(October 16th, 2008)

American Rivers to Host Local Officials on Green Infrastructure Tour(September 30th, 2008)

Cistern at Center for Green Technology in Chicago(September 24th, 2008)

Go Green this Summer: Save Water, Save Money(July 14th, 2008)

Global Warming in the Great Lakes(April 14th, 2008)

Great Lakes – An Environmental History Lesson(April 2nd, 2008)

Press Releases

Boundary Waters Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

April 17th, 2013|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on a proposed copper nickel mine that would release toxic waste into the South K… Read more »

Little Plover River Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

April 17th, 2013|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Supply

Washington, D.C.- American Rivers named  Wisconsin’s Little Plover River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 today, shining a national spotlight on excessive groundwater withdrawals by irrigation, municipalities, and industrial… Read more »

62 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2012

March 12th, 2013|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, DC – Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 62 dams in 2012, American Rivers announced today. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in California, Co… Read more »

Endangered River’ victory on the Chicago River

June 8th, 2011|Most Endangered Rivers, Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution

Chicago – American Rivers today announced a major victory for the Chicago River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011. American Rivers commended the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Chicago for acting on the rec… Read more »

New Report Calls for Federal Action to Improve Flood Protection, Other Policies in Face of Climate Change

May 26th, 2011|Climate Change, Floods & Floodplains, Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution, Water Supply

Washington, D.C. – With floodwaters still threatening Mississippi River communities, American Rivers today released a report detailing the policy changes needed to protect communities from floods and other effects of climate change. The report re… Read more »

American Rivers Names America’s Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011

May 17th, 2011|Dams & Dam Removal, Floods & Floodplains, Fracking, Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution, Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, DC – With floodwaters swelling the Mississippi River to historic levels and rivers nationwide at risk from gas drilling, sewage pollution, and other threats, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endan… Read more »

Mississippi River named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 17th, 2011|Floods & Floodplains, Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC – As floodwaters swelled the Mississippi River to historic levels and overwhelmed communities in 10 states, American Rivers gave a ‘special mention’ to the river today in its list of America’s Most Endangered Rive… Read more »

Sewage Bacteria Makes Chicago River One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 17th, 2011|Most Endangered Rivers, Stormwater & Sewage

Chicago, Ill. – The daily discharge of 1.2 billion gallons of undisinfected sewage effluent into the Chicago River system threatens public health and has earned the river a place on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™… Read more »

St. Croix again named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

May 17th, 2011|Most Endangered Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, DC – Rolling back longstanding Wild and Scenic protections on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway would gouge taxpayers, harm the river, and create a harmful precedent for Wild and Scenic rivers nationwide. This risk earned the St…. Read more »

Conservation Expert Available To Comment On Levee Explosion, Rivers, Floods And Community Safety

May 3rd, 2011|Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC – As rising Mississippi floodwaters threaten people and property and the US Army Corps of Engineers has exploded a levee to protect Cairo, Ill., the public needs credible information about why rivers flood and what we can do to les… Read more »

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

April 21st, 2011|National River Cleanup

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volun… Read more »

American Rivers releases report on 21st century flood protection solutions

March 11th, 2011|Floods & Floodplains

Washington, DC – As heavy rains swell rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, American Rivers today released a report stressing the urgent need for flood protection solutions that safeguard communities and save taxpayer dollars. The report,… Read more »

Rep. Bachmann’s St. Croix freeway earmark bill would burden taxpayers, harm river heritage

March 1st, 2011|Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington, DC - Rep. Michele Bachmann introduced a bill today that would burden taxpayers with an unnecessarily costly bridge while damaging one of our country’s national river treasures. Rep. Bachmann’s bill would create a loophole that strips the Lo… Read more »

The most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history

February 24th, 2011|Most Endangered Rivers, Water Pollution

Just after 4:30 a.m. this past Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed arguably the most anti-environmental piece of legislation in history.  H.R. 1, which would fund the government through the rest of federal Fiscal Year 2011, eviscerates p… Read more »

American Rivers Releases List of 2010 Dam Removals

January 4th, 2011|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington DC – American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting for healthy rivers so communities can thrive, today announced its annual list of 60 dams that were removed in 2010, benefitting hundreds of miles of rivers nationwide… Read more »

Midwest’s Rivers and Communities to Benefit from New American Rivers Office

December 8th, 2010|

La Crosse, WI – American Rivers announced today that it has opened an office in La Crosse to promote river restoration in the Midwest. The nation’s leading river conservation organization will focus on river restoration through dam removal… Read more »

America’s Most Endangered Rivers to be Announced June 2

May 17th, 2010|Most Endangered Rivers

(Washington, DC) – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, will release “America’s Most Endangered Rivers: 2010 Edition” on June 2. The annual report spotlights the ten most imperiled rivers… Read more »

American Rivers and 13 Milwaukee Groups Receive $3.7 Million in Green Infrastructure Grants

May 10th, 2010|Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution

Washington, DC – In a significant boost to American Rivers’ work in the Great Lakes, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District recently awarded $3.7 million in green infrastructure grants to 14 groups, including American Rivers.  The gra… Read more »

58 Dams to be Removed in 2009

November 27th, 2009|Dams & Dam Removal

Washington, D.C. — American Rivers today released its annual list of 58 dams in 16 states that have been removed or are slated for removal in 2009. Thanks to the removal of these outdated dams, communities across the country have the opportunity… Read more »

Mid-Year Update: America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009

October 20th, 2009|Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC – Six months after American Rivers released America’s Most Endangered Rivers™: 2009 edition last April, thousands of Americans have taken action and critical decisions on many of the rivers are expected soon. Each year, the A… Read more »

Uncertain future for Lower St. Croix River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2009

October 20th, 2009|Most Endangered Rivers

Washington— Six months after American Rivers named the Lower St. Croix River one of America’s Most Endangered RiversTM, the future of the river’s Wild and Scenic protections still hangs in the balance. The Wild and Scenic Lower St. Cr… Read more »

New American Rivers office in Milwaukee will focus on protecting clean water

September 21st, 2009|Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution

Milwaukee — American Rivers announced today that it has opened a new office in Milwaukee that will focus on protecting clean water. Sean Foltz, former executive director of the Midwest Lakes Policy Center, will spearhead the organization’s effor… Read more »

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

September 17th, 2009|Climate Change

Washington, DC – American Rivers today named Soldier’s Grove, Wisconsin as one of the nation’s top “water wise” communities protecting clean water and public health with innovative green solutions. The town was chosen for its c… Read more »

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

July 1st, 2009|Stormwater & Sewage

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 Initia… Read more »

Climate impacts report underscores need to protect, restore rivers and water resources in Great Lakes/Midwest region

June 16th, 2009|Water Pollution, Water Supply

Washington, DC – A national scientific report released by the White House on how climate change will impact water resources and other aspects of society underscores the need to prepare Great Lakes and Midwest communities by protecting and restori… Read more »

Milwaukee’s communities and clean water to benefit from grant awarded to American Rivers

May 1st, 2009|Water Pollution

Washington, DC — Milwaukee will be taking a 21st century approach to water infrastructure thanks to a three-year, $375,000 grant awarded to American Rivers by the Joyce Foundation.  The grant, which will further develop a green infrastructure program… Read more »

Toledo City Council Votes for Clean Water

April 29th, 2009|Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution

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Radio ad by actor Tom Skerritt urges clean water protections for Minnesota’s rivers

April 28th, 2009|Water Pollution

Washington, DC — A radio ad by actor Tom Skerritt hit Minnesota airwaves today, urging Senator Amy Klobuchar to support the Clean Water Restoration Act (S.787), which would restore essential protections for Minnesota’s and the nation’s riv… Read more »

Lower St. Croix River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers

April 7th, 2009|Most Endangered Rivers, Wild and Scenic Rivers

Washington— The Wild and Scenic Lower St. Croix River, a hotspot for anglers and boaters and a rare natural retreat from urban life, could have its character destroyed if poorly planned development along the river continues. This threat landed th… Read more »

American Rivers Calls on Michigan to Invest Stimulus Dollars Wisely to Protect Clean Water, Public Health

March 18th, 2009|Water Pollution

(Washington, DC) – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has provided Michigan with an extraordinary opportunity to invest in clean water, public health, and improved water supplies, while creating good jobs.  $48 million in dedicate… Read more »

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

February 17th, 2009|Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution

Toledo, OH — For the first 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 Progr… Read more »

11 Water Efficiency Projects Ready-to-go Across Wisconsin to Create Jobs, Boost Clean Water Supply

January 23rd, 2009|Water Pollution

Washington, DC – At least 11 water efficiency projects in Wisconsin are ready to go and will create jobs and improve clean water supply, according to a quick survey conducted by the Alliance for Water Efficiency. The projects which provide a sample of… Read more »

Green infrastructure projects in Illinois would create jobs, stimulate economy

December 17th, 2008|

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC – Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulatin… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Projects in Ohio Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

December 17th, 2008|

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulatin… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Projects in Wisconsin Would Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

December 17th, 2008|Stormwater & Sewage

Visit www.americanrivers.org/readytogoprojects for project details Visit www.americanrivers.org/greeninfrastructure for information on water infrastructure and economic stimulus Washington, DC — Green infrastructure projects are critical to stimulatin… Read more »

Future of Minnesota River, One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2008, Still Hangs in the Balance

December 11th, 2008|Most Endangered Rivers

Washington, DC — Eight months after American Rivers named the Minnesota River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ for 2008, decision makers have yet to kill a misguided proposal for a coal power plant that would require massive a… Read more »

New Report Helps Citizens Fight Stormwater Pollution in Their Communities

October 16th, 2008|Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution

Read the report  Washington, DC – Stormwater that dirty, oily runoff from streets and parking lots that contaminates local streams is a leading cause of water pollution in Ohio and around the country. Today, American Rivers and Midwest Environmental A… Read more »

American Rivers to Host Local Officials on Green Infrastructure Tour

September 30th, 2008|Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution

Toledo, OH – Local public officials from Northwest Ohio will join American Rivers staff tomorrow on a tour through Chicago and Milwaukee to show off the cities’ commitments to green infrastructure.  The tour will begin in Chicago at the Center f… Read more »

Go Green this Summer: Save Water, Save Money

July 14th, 2008|Stormwater & Sewage, Water Pollution

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 Prog… Read more »