Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management in CA

Green infrastructure filtering parking lot runoff | Josh Miller When rainwater can’t soak into the ground, it runs along streets and parking lots as stormwater and picks up pollutants. This polluted runoff flows into our rivers and streams and during heavy rains can overwhelm local infrastructure, causing flooding and sewage overflows into streams. California’s Sierra… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Solutions for Your Property

Managing stormwater on your home or property can make a big difference for the rivers and streams close to home. Green infrastructure (also referred to as Low Impact Design, or LID) is an easy and cost-effective way to do so.  Here’s how you can get started: Know your local conditions Downspout connecting directly to a… Read more »

Who Can Stop the Rain?

Rain barrels help connect us to water | Ipswich River Watershed Association Did you know that capturing rainwater off your roof for gardening is still illegal in the state of Colorado? It sounds silly, but a few years ago a family in rural San Miguel County sought to collect rainwater from their roof for their… Read more »

Green Infrastructure Proposed to Clean the Susquehanna

Susquehanna Reading Railroad Bridge | Jayme Frye The Susquehanna River, the Chesapeake Bay’s largest tributary will be a little cleaner as a result of last week’s agreement amongst the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Harrisburg and the authority that manages the area’s stormwater, drinking water and wastewater,… Read more »

Restoration, Stormwater, and Flood Management in the Sierra Foothills

Starting this month, American Rivers is launching a new multi-benefit project in the Wolf Creek Watershed, a major tributary to the Bear River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Wolf Creek has historically been neglected and under-appreciated, in a community where the local waterway has not been a priority. Years of rapid urbanization in… Read more »

Raingarden, Country-style

“What’s a raingarden?” our three-year old Giles asked over breakfast. “Perfect timing buddy, I just borrowed grandpa’s tractor, and we’re going to dig up the center of the driveway. Yeeha!” Instead of putting rainwater in pipes or letting it run down our driveway, I’m working on setting up a zero-runoff homesite: collecting and banking precious… Read more »

Restoring Flows: Financing the Next Generation of Water Systems – A Strategy for Coalition Building

In this report, Ceres and American Rivers join forces to highlight a range of innovative approaches to creating sustainable financing for our communities’ water systems. The report discusses specific actions that environmentalists, economists, water utilities, water users, financial institutions, foundations, investors and labor groups to create opportunities can adopt to improve predictable, secure revenue streams,… Read more »

New Video on Toxic Algae in Toledo

Algal Bloom in Lake Erie About 2 months ago, my colleague Katie Rousseau posted a blog on the drinking water ban in Toledo and what caused it. Unsafe levels of algae-specific toxins got into the drinking water supply, and people were dependent on water being shipped in from other areas. It still is a very… Read more »