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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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Across the country, communities are struggling with how to fix and replace failing and outdated infrastructure and meet new demand to manage stormwater and protect clean water.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

Dam Removal And Historic Preservation: Reconciling Dual Objective

Restoring Damaged Rivers
Did you ever have a favorite place growing up that now, every time you drive by, it reminds you of your childhood? Whether it is a bridge, farm, a dam, or some other memorable landmark, there are historic structures and places across the country that have special significance to... Read More

Reconnecting Floodplains

Conserving Clean Water, Floods & Floodplains, Water Supply
Floodplains are an integral part of healthy rivers and floods are a natural occurrence on rivers. Natural floodplains provide many benefits to people and nature. They provide clean water supplies, recreation opportunities, habitat for fish and wildlife, and when left undeveloped they safely convey flood water. Unfortunately, across the... Read More

Ecology Of Dam Removal

Restoring Damaged Rivers
Rivers and their restoration are complex, and any effort to rehabilitate a river system needs to be based on a sound understanding of the ecological benefits and drawbacks of a proposed restoration plan. Over the past three decades, the scientific community has advanced our understanding of rivers and helped... Read More

Upper Flint River Resiliency Action Plan

Climate Change & Rivers, Most Endangered Rivers, Water Supply
American Rivers’ 2014 Upper Flint River Resiliency Action Plan aims to guide work by a variety of stakeholders to restore drought resilience to the upper Flint River system of west-central Georgia. It follows on discussions and efforts of the Upper Flint River Working Group and on the Running Dry... Read More

The Value Of Green Infrastructure

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water
Communities across the country are struggling to deal with the rising costs of controlling stormwater runoff and sewer overflows. Crumbling infrastructure and the expansion of hard surfaces such as pavement and roofs are sending polluted stormwater and sewage into surrounding waterways with increasing frequency. A changing climate defined by... Read More