New Report Helps Citizens Fight Stormwater Pollution in Their Communities

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 Advocates released a new report, “Local Water Policy Innovation:  A Road Map for Community Based Stormwater Solutions”… Read more »

New Guide Helps Municipalities Monetize the Value of Green Infrastructure

CHICAGO — Quantifying the economic value of green infrastructure’s benefits is the key to helping municipalities adopt this innovative and cost-effective stormwater management approach, according to a new report by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and American Rivers.  “The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits” is… Read more »

Celebrating Green Streets in Maryland

Exciting news for everyone on the green infrastructure front! Our partner Green for All hosted an event in Edmonston, MD this morning (Thursday, Dec. 15th) which featured Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Nancy Stoner, EPA’s acting Assistant Administrator for Water, to celebrate the innovative green street in the town as well as highlight the report Green for… Read more »

Great Lakes Restoration Funding

Last week, as reported by the staff over at the Healing Our Waters coalition the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is set to receive $300 million as part of the recent budget deal between congress and the President. While this isn’t the $450 million of last year, or even the $350 million hoped for this… Read more »

Key Legislation You Should Know

Here are some key legislation pieces that we have been working on recently:  H.R. 3534: The CLEAR ActThanks to your help the House passed the CLEAR Act, a comprehensive response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf.  The bill fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which assesses a fee on offshore oil and… Read more »

Rain Barrel Rewards

We’ve had some mighty storms in the DC area recently. Trees down, flooding, sewer overflows, power outages and the like. In developed areas, when it rains we usually lose most of our water as it is directed to storm drains and sent directly to our streams and rivers, causing unnaturally high flows and resulting damage…. Read more »

Sewage spill in NY’s Hudson River

Most mornings begin this way, a half hour swim in the Hudson River, north along the commuter rail track from my local swimming beach, past the fishing shack cobbled together from driftwood and lumber scraps, up to the old railroad building and back to the little neighborhood swimming beach. There’s a peace to the river… Read more »

Urban Water Sustainability Conference Highlights Successful Programs

Green roof at the Civic Garden Center’s Green Learning Station in Cincinnati, OH | American Rivers This week I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This conference brought together leaders from the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), U.S. EPA, research, utility management,… Read more »

Clean Water Rules Provide for Safe Whitewater Boating

Youghiogheny River, MD | Jeff Macklin I started whitewater canoeing 35 years ago. I’ve paddled hundreds of rivers over thousands of trips. I can only recall abandoning a planned trip for two reasons, OK three— once I had to carry my boat out in pieces once after shredding it in a rock sieve. The other… Read more »

Are You Heading to the Beach?

Bellingham Bay, WA | © Stacey Detwiler Are you heading to the beach this summer? Take a look at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) latest report, Testing the Waters, before you head out. Every year, NRDC uses water quality and beach closure data to compile information about bacteria levels at popular swimming beaches around… Read more »