Fracking’ threatens wild and scenic Hoback River

March 30, 2009 was a glorious day for Wyoming river advocates.  That’s the day President Obama signed into law a massive public lands bill that granted federal Wild and Scenic designation to 13 rivers and 400 river miles in Wyoming’s Snake River watershed. Among those rivers is the Hoback, a favorite of local anglers and paddlers… Read more »

Good ‘Bad News’ for the Mon

Sometimes we hope for bad news, in the anticipation that it will highlight a problem, increase awareness, and turn it into good news down the line.  I find myself celebrating such a paradox today, as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has characterized the Monongahela River as impaired due to elevated sulfate levels in this major drinking… Read more »

Survey Says Water Is More Important than Gas

Are people concerned about potential impacts of natural gas development on their water?  Yes they are.  The nonprofit Civil Society Institute has released results from a new survey about people’s opinions on natural gas development.  This is the first national poll to gauge the attitudes of Americans on the subject.  In addition to the national… Read more »

Major hurdle cleared in effort to remove Condit Dam

Portland – One of the nation’s largest river restoration efforts got the official green light today when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that regulates hydropower dams, ordered the decommissioning of the White Salmon River’s hundred-year-old Condit Dam. The dam removal, scheduled to begin in the fall of next year, will restore habitat for… Read more »

Success on Laurel Hill Creek (MER 2009)

We have had some great news recently on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2009, Laurel Hill Creek!  In this listing, we asked that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) designate Laurel Hill Creek as a Critical Water Planning Area (CWPA).  On November 18, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Statewide Water Resource Committee voted “yes” for Laurel… Read more »

Little River Reprieve

With almost no fanfare at all the City of Raleigh Public Utility Department announced that the proposed Little River Reservoir would be delayed for at least two years.  This delay does not rescue the Little River from the ranks of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™. It merely gives us more time to work to convince the leaders… Read more »

Stand up for Appalachia!

You can go a long way toward helping the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stand up for clean water in Appalachia. Rarely does such a seemingly innocuous piece of rulemaking play such a profound role on the environmental health of an area. You, the public, can applaud and recommend additional improvements to EPA’s draft guidance (PDF) supporting scientific… Read more »

Halliburton Strikes Again and Again and Again

Halliburton — a company famous for its ties to our previous Vice President, Dick Cheney, and now its infamous “Halliburton loophole” in the Safe Drinking Water Act.  I expect in the past couple of weeks you have heard Halliburton tied to the cement failure that may have caused the BP oil spill this past summer.  Guess… Read more »

Still Time for Rivers to Benefit in the Lame Duck

I have a sense of déjà vu this month as another session of Congress quickly comes to a close with a logjam of un-passed water and land bills still awaiting votes in the Senate. Just like late in 2008, the House and Senate Committees have approved dozens of environmental bills that will significantly benefit rivers,… Read more »