The stormwater that hits our streets, sidewalks and alleys carries pollutants, causes soil erosion and flooding, makes sewers overflow, and leads to unnatural highs and lows in stream flows. Green streets incorporate green infrastructure (like trees, rain gardens and permeable pavement) in order to manage and treat the stormwater that flows off of the street. The… Read More ›
Clean water is indispensable for drinking, swimming, fish and wildlife, and farms and food. Healthy freshwater ecosystems are capable of delivering high quality water that is essential to all life. Surface water supplies two-thirds of our public drinking water in the U.S., but despite great advances in water pollution control, over half of our nation’s surveyed waters are of “poor” condition and cannot support healthy aquatic life.*
Threats to clean water and public health include irresponsible land-use development, crumbling infrastructure, agricultural pollution, energy exploration, long-term synergistic effects of multiple pollutants, and declines in enforcement and funding of clean water laws and regulations. Clean water is also closely linked to water quantity. Fortunately, many communities now embrace integrated approaches to restore healthy ecosystems. Helping your community find and implement solutions that improve water quality while also addressing flooding, energy use, and water shortages can help build a more sustainable future.
The best practices available throughout this website provide a set of proven approaches for keeping water clean and restoring damaged ecosystems. The impact stories offer examples from around the country where people are making a difference for their rivers. Explore what approaches might be appropriate, or are already being used, for the waters you care about most. You can also learn more about what River Network is currently doing to help keep water clean.
*“National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008-2009”. Water: Survey of the Nation’s Rivers and Streams. U.S. EPA. 28 February 2013. Web. 1 August 2015.
Facilitating communities of practice, learning networks, and coalitions for greater impact has been part of River Network’s DNA since our inception. Sometimes we are the convener or facilitator and in other times we may be a contributor.
- Ecological Health in the Nation’s Streams
- Quality of the Nation’s Groundwater
- National Aquatic Resource Surveys
by U.S. EPA
- How’s My Waterway
by U.S. EPA
- Charting New Waters: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources
by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread