American Rivers produces reports, fact sheets, tip sheets and other types of publications to support researchers and practitioners in river conservation.

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Protecting Drinking Water in the Great Lakes

Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
The principal law that regulates drinking water safety is the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The SDWA provides a comprehensive set of water quality standards, enforcement authority, and reporting requirements for water systems that provide water to the public. Like other environmental laws that follow the cooperative federalism model,... Read More

Funding Green Infrastructure in Pennsylvania

Floods & Floodplains, Protecting Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution
A twist on a familiar adage amongst water managers is “when it rains, it drains.” While not unique to Pennsylvania, in suburban and urban municipalities, centuries of strong growth, including recent decades of sprawl, have transformed much of the state’s natural land cover into extensive impervious surface. As a... Read More

The Hardest Working River in the West: Common-Sense Solutions for a Reliable Water Future for the Colorado River Basin

Most Endangered Rivers, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
The majestic Colorado River cuts a 1,450-mile path through the American West before drying up well short of its natural finish line at the Gulf of California. Reservoirs once filled to the brim from the river and its tributaries are at historic lows due to an unprecedented drought and... Read More

Naturally Stronger: How Natural Water Infrastructure Can Save Money and Improve Lives

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Stormwater and Sewage, Urban Waters, Water Pollution, Water Supply
Communities in the United States are being threatened by sewage overflows, flooding, polluted stormwater, leaky pipes, and at-risk water supplies. These threats are a result of our nation’s outdated water infrastructure and water management strategies, and their impacts fall disproportionately on low-wealth neighborhoods and communities of color that are... Read More

Weathering Change

Climate Change & Rivers, Floods & Floodplains, Water Pollution, Water Supply
Bringing Federal Policy into the 21st Century Many federal policies still encourage the same backward-looking water management approaches that didn’t work in the past and are even less suited to the future. Federal funding and policies reward wasteful water use and support destructive, inflexible infrastructure projects, while important programs... Read More

Getting Climate Smart

Climate Change & Rivers, Floods & Floodplains, Urban Waters
A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action In recent years, a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms have wreaked havoc in the United States. As carbon pollution continues to warm the planet and fuel extreme weather, it is critical that states... Read More

Panel Review of the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is more than 15,000 pages long and covers a wide range of issues ranging from water supply, new facility construction, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem management, governance and costs. Few outside of the handful of people deeply involved in BDCP actually know what is... Read More

Banking on Green: A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Economic Benefits Community-wide

Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
Across the country, communities are struggling with how to fix and replace failing and outdated infrastructure and meet new demand to manage stormwater and protect clean water. American Rivers worked with the American Society of Landscape Architects, ECONorthwest, and the Water Environment Federation to release the “Banking on Green”... Read More

Rivers & Roads

Climate Change & Rivers, Floods & Floodplains, Protecting Rivers, Urban Waters
When rainwater hits hard surfaces like roads and parking lots, it can’t soak into the ground and instead runs along the surface until it flows into a storm drain or into a local river or stream. Known as stormwater runoff, this water can pick up pollutants such as heavy... Read More

Protective Stormwater Standards And Smart Growth

Protecting Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Urban Waters
Clean water and healthy communities go hand in hand. Urban areas are increasingly using green infrastructure to create multiple benefits for their communities. However, there have been questions whether strong stormwater standards could unintentionally deter urban redevelopment and shift development to environmentally damaging sprawl. Working with Smart Growth America,... Read More