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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Restoring Flows: Financing The Next Generation Of Water Systems – A Strategy For Coalition Building

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
In this report, Ceres and American Rivers join forces to highlight a range of innovative approaches to creating sustainable financing for our communities’ water systems. The report discusses specific actions that environmentalists, economists, water utilities, water users, financial institutions, foundations, investors and labor groups to create opportunities can adopt... Read More

Natural Defenses: Safeguarding Communities From Floods

Climate Change & Rivers, Restoring Damaged Rivers
Increasing Flood Risk In A Changing Climate The impacts of our changing climate are becoming more apparent every day. In the first decade of the new millennium, extreme rainfall events, combined with changes in land use, have resulted in an increase in flood events and in an increase in... Read More

Money Pit: The High Cost And High Risk Of Water Supply Reservoirs In The Southeast

Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
Securing reliable supplies of clean water for today and the future is a critical concern for communities across the country, and particularly in the Southeast, where communities are grappling with water scarcity issues more than ever before. This report documents the financial risks and water resource risks tied to... Read More

Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency Is The Best Solution For The Southeast

Climate Change & Rivers, Conserving Clean Water, Restoring Damaged Rivers, Water Supply
The Southeast United States faces unprecedented challenges to its water supply. Growing populations and the impacts of climate change are putting new strains on communities and their rivers. Our local leaders are facing the pressing question of how to ensure a clean, reliable water supply for current and future... Read More

Forests to Faucets

Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
Forests and forested watersheds in the Southern Appalachian Mountains in the Southeastern U.S. are at serious risk due to development pressure from regional population growth, and as a result of land management practices. Compared to other regions around the country, the Southeast has some of the most vulnerable forests... Read More

Economic Value of Riparian Buffers

Conserving Clean Water
American Rivers With Economics Evaluation And Research Prepared By University Of Maryland Environmental Finance Center. American Rivers’ report, The Economic Value of Riparian Buffers presents research findings from the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland to increase what is understood of economic values associated with the current... Read More

Drinking Water Infrastructure: Who Pays and How (And For What)

Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
There is an increasingly urgent need for renewed investment in our communities’ water infrastructure. This need is driven by the unfortunate reality that for the many decades, funding to maintain water systems has fallen short of the cost of providing safe drinking water, sewage treatment and flood control. The... Read More

Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life Into Urban Streams And Communities

Conserving Clean Water, Restoring Damaged Rivers
Preserving and protecting small streams is the best approach to ensure environmental and community benefits such as clean water and flood reduction.  In highly urbanized areas, however, where small, headwater streams are often buried, hidden, and forgotten, protecting headwater streams is not possible. Stream daylighting is a relatively new... Read More

City Upstream and Down

Conserving Clean Water, Water Supply
Many cities are defined by their relationship to rivers. People need clean water for drinking and bathing, but urban areas can have profound impacts on water quality and supply. Furthermore, the neighbors that share the river add to these impacts. By managing all water resources in a holistic way,... Read More

Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan

Wild and Scenic Rivers
The Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan will help guide the management of recreation and natural resources along the upper Nooksack River system in Washington state. The plan recognizes and supports the economic and health benefits of recreation, along with protection and restoration of the natural and cultural values of... Read More

Low Impact Development Manual for the Lower Maumee and Ottawa River Watersheds

Conserving Clean Water, Stormwater and Sewage
This manual is written to provide stormwater managers and site designers with a common understanding of Low Impact Development (LID) goals and objectives, site assessment considerations, and a toolbox of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) applicable to the Lower Maumee and Ottawa River watersheds. BMP information includes design guidelines,... Read More