Hearing Tomorrow on State Water Permit for Catawba-Wateree Dams

Columbia, SC – A hearing will be held tomorrow to address the concerns of American Rivers and the Coastal Conservation League over a recent water quality permit issued by the South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).  The groups said last month that DHEC isn’t doing enough to protect the health of the… Read more »

One year later, Washington’s clean water benefits from stimulus spending

Washington, DC – Communities across Washington are reaping the benefits of federal economic stimulus funds, one year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. American Rivers helped secure the $6 billion for clean water and drinking water, including $1.2 billion in specific funding for green infrastructure and water efficiency. American… Read more »

Celebrate the International Day of Action for Rivers

Take Action to Keep Our Rivers Healthy Thank President Obama for recognizing the importance of healthy rivers to our communities by making rivers a priority in the federal budget. Today, March 14, marks the 15th year of celebration of the International Day of Action for Rivers. River activists around the world have planned more than… Read more »

Getting the Full Story on the Towanda Fracking Spill

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, there was another disaster in Pennsylvania. A well blew out during a fracking operation, sending thousands of gallons of wastewater and toxic chemicals into a stream that feeds the Susquehanna River. You can read our press statement. Chesapeake Energy, the company responsible for… Read more »

Oregon Preparing for Climate Change

There’s been a recent flurry of climate-related activity as a number of states have begun to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Oregon, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington state, and Wisconsin have all released climate preparedness plans in the past few months, and New York state just finished accepting comments on an interim version of its… Read more »

Sewer Line Breaks, Dumping Raw Sewage in the Hudson

Dirty water in NY waterways | Tom Giebel/Atomische.com Many of our programs and efforts here at American Rivers are focused on creating the “right” water infrastructure for our communities. Particularly in older towns and cities, like the Hudson River Valley town where I live, our water and sewer pipes are more than a century old,… Read more »

Washington State Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Washington In the past few months, a number of states have released plans detailing how they plan to prepare for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, and Pennsylvania so far. Today we’ll look at Washington’s adaptation planning effort. In Washington state, adaptation planning was divided into four topic areas… Read more »

Great News for the Green River!

Green River, UT | Scott Bosse Great news! The Colorado Water Conservation Board has decided to stop funding a study investigating a potential 500-mile pipeline from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the Colorado Front Range.  This pipeline would have withdrawn massive amounts of water from the Green River- a beautiful western gem running through Utah,… Read more »

Getting Climate Smart!

US Drought Monitor map illustrates the expansive drought conditions | © David Miskus, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC Last year, drought wreaked havoc across more than 65% of the country. Wildfires blazed through 9.2 million acres of the west, crops suffered across the Midwest and 2012 topped out as the hottest year on record. While the fall and winter… Read more »