Environmental Protection


Five Nominees Win 2013 River Heroes Awards

During the 2013 River Heroes Awards hosted by River Network in St. Louis, 5 individuals were announced as winners for their dedication to improving water quality, environmental justice, education, and volunteering to protect the most important natural resource of all.

IBM to Improve Dutch Flood Control and Water Management Systems

IBM will be using smart information exchange to accelerate water management innovation.

More than $14 Million Awarded in Clean Vessel Act Grants

To help support clean waters and recreational boating, over $14 million in funding has been provided to several U.S. states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program.

Water Conservation and Colorado River Preservation Discussed at ACE13

During last week’s AWWA ACE13 conference in Denver, Colo., water professionals were asked to consider water conservation in their everyday activities. Attendees were also informed about the issues the Colorado River is facing and how preservation of the river is possible through certain avenues.

New Studies Launched for Ohio River Tributaries

The Ohio EPA has initiated multiple studies to be conducted on the Lower Muskingum River tributaries and the Southwest Ohio River tributaries in order to monitor the water quality more closely.

River Network Celebrates Silver Anniversary and a Successful River Rally

River Network, the leading conservation organization for the river and watershed community in the United States, commemorates its 25th anniversary this year, and just wrapped up a successful 14th annual River Rally in St. Louis, Missouri.

Larger Coastal Zones May be In the Works for Lake Erie

The Pennsylvania DEP may be expanding the coastal zones for parts of Lake Erie across the state. The expansion will include all of the area watersheds that travel into the lake.

Amphibian Study is Bad News

"Even though these declines seem small on the surface, they are not," said USGS ecologist Michael Adams, the lead author of the study. "Small numbers build up to dramatic declines with time."

The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund Launched Today

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has kicked off the Gulf Environmental Fund today, in which the foundation will execute $2.544 billion in plea agreements from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Historic Town in Pennsylvania Fined for Sewage Discharges

Camp Hill Borough, a historic town in Cumberland County Pennsylvania has been fined $140,000 by the Department of Environmental Protection for its unauthorized and unreported sewage discharges over the past two years.

Long-Lasting Nitrate in Streams Disturbs Water Quality

Hydrologic researchers from the USGS found that nitrate from fertilizers takes decades to travel through groundwater and into streams, disturbing the water quality of streams and even large rivers for many more years to come.

Solar-Powered Nanofilters Remove Antibiotics from Waterways

Researchers have developed solar-powered nanofilters that can remove antibiotics from waterways more efficiently than existing practices.

Measuring the Floods in Illinois

Crews from the USGS are measuring the floods of rivers and streams in Illinois. It’s estimated that current conditions of the waterways are the highest levels in over 20 years for the state.

America’s Most Endangered Rivers Announced

American Rivers’ annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers has been released today, naming the Colorado River as the most endangered river in the country.

Sierra Nevada Gets Funding for Meadow Restoration

In order to restore two Sierra Nevada meadows, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy will be sending $137,000 grant to American Rivers.

The Effects of Pharmaceutical Pollution on Water Quality

A new study suggests that more research is needed in order to find the complete impacts pharmaceutical pollution has on aquatic life and water quality.

Removal of 65 Dams to Restore Rivers in 2012

In 2012, more than 400 miles of streams were restored for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and people across the country. This restoration was completed by communities, non-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies in 19 states.

Bill Opposed for Cutting Wild and Scenic River Protections

American Rivers strongly oppose a bill that was recently introduced by Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA). If this bill is passed, Wind and Scenic River protections would be removed from a section of the Merced River, which has been protected since 1968.

Boeing implemented more than a dozen specific measures, including biofiltration units and incorporating native plants. (Boeing photo)

Santa Susana Site Looking Much Better

The Boeing Company's stormwater solutions have spearheaded the restoration of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Chatsworth, Calif.

Water Quality Improvements for Little Coal River

The latest restoration efforts for Little Coal River is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and will enhance water quality on a 15-mile stretch of the river from Danville downstream to McCorkle.

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