Preparing for Climate Change: Massachusetts

 Earlier this fall, Massachusetts released its Climate Change Adaptation Report. Following in the footsteps of many other states, such as Wisconsin, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, Massachusetts’ report analyzes strategies to adapt to a changing climate across many sectors from natural resources to infrastructure and the economy. The Adaptation Report is organized in two parts;… Read more »

Making Our Communities SAFE

The increasing trends of extreme weather we’ve seen over the last couple of years have just been confirmed; last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report found that the number of extreme events: increasing temperature, drought, rainfall and flooding, are in fact long term trends, so we’d all better get ready! Preparing… Read more »

Survey Supports Smart Stormwater Rules

Green infrastructure | Credit Sean Foltz Some cities have gone full force in trying to plant more trees, provide incentives for green roofs and use other techniques like rain gardens that cost-effectively reduce polluted stormwater runoff, flooding and sewer overflows. Places like Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Toledo are all investing in these techniques. As more funding… Read more »

Extreme Weather and Climate Change?

I’m sure my fellow east coasters will agree with me, we have gotten a lot of rain in the last month. From the storms and floods surrounding Hurricane Irene to the current torrential rain storms, my raincoat and umbrella have become my new best friends. The unprecedented weather we’ve experienced across the country has ignited… Read more »

Swimming in Slime Underscores Need for Smart Clean Water Protections

Green slime covering up your local swimming hole?  Seems that Senator Inhofe (R-OK) found his own Grand Lake covered in algae. After swimming in the muck, the Senator became really sick. Blue-green algae are known to cause respiratory illness, skin irritation and diarrhea and tend to flourish in times of drought when water is warm… Read more »

Let’s Keep Our Water Clean with The Water Infrastructure Resiliency Act

This year’s unprecedented storms and flooding are just a glimpse of the changes and challenges our nation will face in the future from a changing climate.  Increased extreme drought, severe storms and flooding, and rising sea levels are forecast to be more frequent and damaging and pose big threats to public health and the economy.   At… Read more »

Budget Woes – Clean Water At Risk

Okay, well clearly the debt ceiling debate is the capital “B” budget woe at this point. However, as the House continues to debate the budget for environmental programs, clean water is at-risk from stark funding cuts and a series of policy riders including efforts to allow mountaintop removal mining and pollution of small streams and… Read more »

Budget Battles Threaten to Bury Streams

It’s been a tough few weeks for clean water in Washington, DC. First, the dirty water bill passed out of the House and then the FY2012 Interior-EPA Appropriations bill was introduced with a slew of funding cuts to key clean water and drinking water programs and dirty water policy riders intended to handcuff the Environmental Protection Agency… Read more »

Congress Plays Armchair General, Risking Public Safety

As Ronald Regan once said, “There they go again.”  This week the House of Representatives once again threw common sense out the window and put politics in front of people by voting to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Responses to Climate Change Program. This program develops and implements practical, nationally consistent, and… Read more »