Because There Is No Substitute For Water

This blog was originally written for Zócalo Public Square. Seattle, Washington has been a leader in water conservation by reducing water usage, while increasing their population | © Sam Teigen It is doubtful that the sorts of technological advances that have deferred or mitigated (but not resolved) world shortages of food and oil will do… Read more »

Snail Darter Politics

Little Tennessee River | © USFWS, Southeast As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for survival. And, as predictably as water flows downstream, these politicians are looking for oddly-named… Read more »

Help Thank Our Wild and Scenic River Champions

Sen. Murray and Congressman Reichert at press event after introducing legislation | Thomas O’Keefe Last November I wrote about what gratitude meant to me and how I would be forever grateful if Congress were to pass legislation for new Wild and Scenic River designations for Washington State. Well…the River Gods must have been listening! In… Read more »

Removal of Centreville Dam Kicks Off Today

Removal of the Centreville Dam on Maryland’s Eastern Shore begins in earnest this September. The project will reconnect fragmented river habitat for alewife, blueback herring, American eel and other migratory fish, as well as alleviate some potential for upstream flooding.

Water Experts Available to Comment on Drought Science, Politics, and Solutions

Washington, DC – This summer, more than 55 percent of the United States is in a moderate to extreme drought situation. Farmers are losing crops, businesses are losing revenue, and communities are scrambling to address dwindling drinking water sources. As the nation’s leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams, American… Read more »

Clean Water Act Integrated Permitting Framework Released

I’ve got a pretty old car – a ’97 Civic with almost 250,000 miles on it. Because I’ve maintained it regularly over the years, it’s still going strong. Nonetheless, an old car sometimes needs updates, and I was just hit with a pretty steep bill for repairs. And this was after paying the registration fee,… Read more »

Getting Serious about Climate Change Adaptation

The climate change headlines haven’t been very encouraging lately. Climate and energy legislation is going nowhere fast in Congress. While the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive bill last June, the Senate has been unable to secure the votes for a similar bill. Efforts by Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman stalled last… Read more »

Maryland leads the way in climate preparedness

This week, Maryland released the “Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change”. For the past year, the state has been working to create plans for six sectors that will be affected by climate change. It’s been a rigorous process. Teams of experts from government, academia, non-profits, and business have worked to identify and… Read more »