Holding Polluters Accountable for Stormwater Runoff

Polluted runoff in Washington, DC from July thunderstorm | Stacey Detwiler When it rains in cities or suburban areas with lots of roads and rooftops, rainwater is unable to soak into the ground. Instead, it flows along the surface where it picks up pollutants like sediment, chemicals, oil, grease, or heavy metals. The runoff then… Read more »

Groups Petition EPA to Protect Rivers, Coastal Areas From Polluted Runoff

WASHINGTON, DC — Conservation groups filed petitions today urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exercise its authority to safeguard rivers, lakes, and streams from polluted runoff from existing commercial, industrial, and institutional sites that are currently failing to adequately control their pollution. Polluted runoff – rainwater that picks up oil, dirt and toxins while… Read more »

Daylighting Streams: Breathing Life into Urban Streams and Communities

Preserving and protecting small streams is the best approach to ensure environmental and community benefits such as clean water and flood reduction.  In highly urbanized areas, however, where small, headwater streams are often buried, hidden, and forgotten, protecting headwater streams is not possible. Stream daylighting is a relatively new approach that brings these buried waterways… Read more »

Are You Heading to the Beach?

Bellingham Bay, WA | © Stacey Detwiler Are you heading to the beach this summer? Take a look at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) latest report, Testing the Waters, before you head out. Every year, NRDC uses water quality and beach closure data to compile information about bacteria levels at popular swimming beaches around… Read more »

Living In Gasland? Test Your Water!

Oil and gas in Jonah, Wyoming | © EcoFlight This week has been jam-packed with news on natural gas issues across the country.  Here are some of the highlights: New Duke Study Confirms Methane Contamination Following up on a study from May 2011 [PDF], researchers from Duke University have gathered more evidence to support their… Read more »

Urban Rivers of Life

This is a guest blog from Tim Beatley. Tim is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Biophilic Cities Project. Belle Isle, James River, VA | © Tim Beatley There are few natural features as important as rivers and streams in defining cities, in shaping sense… Read more »

Hearing to Protect Birmingham’s Drinking Water

Proposed coal mine along the Black Warrior River, AL | © Nelson Brooke In April, American Rivers named the Black Warrior River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® due to the threat of coal mining. A hearing on a proposal to declare a Black Warrior tributary as unsuitable for mining is coming up in July,… Read more »

Reflections on Preserving Special Places

Take Action to Protect theBoundary Waters Tell Congress to keep the Boundary Waters safe for future generations! Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jaime Pinkham, a member of the American Rivers Board. On June 1, Jaime joined well over a hundred local… Read more »

Health Concerns Over Mining in Minnesota

Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Carla Arneson, a retired teacher and local resident of Ely, Minnesota. Take Action to Protect theBoundary Waters Tell Congress to keep the Boundary Waters safe for future generations! Our waters are not all that is at… Read more »

Love At First Sight

Today’s guest blog about the #6 Boundary Waters- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Carla Arneson, a retired teacher who now lives full-time in her small log cabin on the shore of one of Ely’s threatened lakes; a lake through which the beautiful Kawishiwi River flows on its way to… Read more »