The Progressive


A project of Common Dreams

For Immediate Release

Katherine Baer, 202-347-7550
Caitlin Jennings, 202-243-7023

Learn how States Used their Water Infrastructure Funding from the Stimulus

American Rivers will host a webcast on December 15th


Join American Rivers on December 15th from 2:30 - 3:30 for a
webcast to learn how states used their required (20%) portion of water
infrastructure funding from the stimulus for green infrastructure and
water efficiency. Katherine Baer, senior director of clean water for
American Rivers, will highlight example projects as well as some of the
barriers that were discovered.

American Rivers helped secure this "green" funding that is now being
used throughout the country. For example, the town of Edmonston,
Maryland employed 40 people on a project to create a green street by
adding trees and rain gardens and using permeable pavement. These
changes will help reduce local flooding and pollution by allowing
natural processes to work in an urban area.

There continues to be opportunities for these kinds of projects as
the new federal budget again requires that states spend 20% of their
money on these smart investments, providing almost $700 million for
green infrastructure and water and energy efficiency nationwide.

To join the Web Conference visit: and use Entry Code: 5828.

American Rivers is the only national organization standing up for healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through national advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of strategic partners, we protect and promote our rivers as valuable assets that are vital to our health, safety and quality of life. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions.