House Lawmakers Approve Sewage Notification Legislation

Washington, DC — What’s in your water? It’s a question, that if posed to Americans, most wouldn’t be able to answer. In fact, every year, more than 860 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage lands in America’s waters, and most people have no idea. Today, lawmakers in the House took an important step… Read more »

David Dods Presenting at Rain Garden Workshop

Last week, the Rain Garden Initiative of Toledo – Lucas County put on a two-day Rain Garden Workshop & Training instructed by Rusty Schmidt, a Landscape Ecologist with the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, Minneapolis, Minnesota and David Dods, an Environmental Engineer with URS Corporation in Overland Park, Kansas. The first day was… Read more »

Green Infrastructure to Alleviate Flooding

American Rivers recently completed retrofitting over 12 acres of impervious surface in the Wilson Park Creek Subwatershed. One of the projects was a 4,987 square foot roof at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s building at 4707 S. 13th St. which houses a school that serves grades 6th-12th. The gymnasium roof is overlooked by over 13… Read more »

No More Sewer Lines to Nowhere — EPA Adopts Fix-it-First Policy

Many of our older cities have leaking and broken water pipes that leak and sometimes dump raw sewage into our streams and rivers posing threats to public health and limiting livability. Despite massive funding shortfalls, until now, federal funding could be used to subsidize sprawl by sending water and sewer lines to new areas before fixing… Read more »

Rainy Day Projects

Are you a little bummed because it’s too cold outside to work in the garden or do anything outside? Well now is a great time to start planning the rain garden you want to plant this spring! Rain gardens are great ways to protect your local river or stream while beautifying your house. And building… Read more »

Swimming in Slime Underscores Need for Smart Clean Water Protections

Green slime covering up your local swimming hole?  Seems that Senator Inhofe (R-OK) found his own Grand Lake covered in algae. After swimming in the muck, the Senator became really sick. Blue-green algae are known to cause respiratory illness, skin irritation and diarrhea and tend to flourish in times of drought when water is warm… Read more »

Investing in Resilient Infrastructure after Superstorm Sandy

A guest blog written by communications intern Johannes Dreisbach. Post-Sandy flooding in Matnoloking, NJ | Greg Thompson, USFWS When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in early November, it wreaked unprecedented destruction.   In addition to flooding streets and subway tunnels, uprooting trees, damaging cars and houses, and injuring and killing residents of the area,… Read more »

Sewage Right To Know – What’s In Your Water?

Katherine Baer When there’s a sewage overflow or spill into your local creek or swimming hole, wouldn’t you want to know about it? Well, in some places where there’s good monitoring and notification people do get this information about sewage overflows and can make their own choices about where and when to swim and play… Read more »