Maryland Sues Over Natural Gas Contamination of Susquehanna

It is good to see that the State of Maryland is not taking lightly the contamination of their waters by natural gas activities. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent a letter to Chesapeake Energy notifying them of the State’s intent to sue for violation of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the… Read more »

No More Sewer Lines to Nowhere — EPA Adopts Fix-it-First Policy

Many of our older cities have leaking and broken water pipes that leak and sometimes dump raw sewage into our streams and rivers posing threats to public health and limiting livability. Despite massive funding shortfalls, until now, federal funding could be used to subsidize sprawl by sending water and sewer lines to new areas before fixing… Read more »

Rainy Day Projects

Are you a little bummed because it’s too cold outside to work in the garden or do anything outside? Well now is a great time to start planning the rain garden you want to plant this spring! Rain gardens are great ways to protect your local river or stream while beautifying your house. And building… Read more »

Stopping Sewage Overflows

Don’t you just hate it when… there’s raw sewage in your local rivers? Unfortunately, this is the case all too often with over 850 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage flowing into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, of which American Rivers is a member, recently… Read more »

The 2009 River Action Day was a Success!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in the 2009 River Action Day (RAD)!   For six years, since 2003, RAD has provided a unique opportunity for river advocates across the country to meet with members of Congress to discuss the issues important to their communities and local rivers.  The event began with a motivating speech… Read more »

Two-Headed Trout: Water Pollution Rearing Its Ugly Heads

As some members of Congress push their dirty water agenda, we are continually reminded of the importance of clean water safeguards. This week, news broke with compelling photos of the devastating effects of selenium in waterways.  Mutated brown trout, sporting two heads similar to the likes of blinky a la The Simpsons, were found near… Read more »

Winter Wonders: Five Rivers to Enjoy Now

River recreation and travel – not to mention beauty – don’t freeze up after summer vacation season. Here’s a look at five rivers that remain active and enjoyable during the winter months and what American Rivers is doing to save these special places. Click on the photos to enlarge. Simple Luxuries Columbia River Gorge (Washington… Read more »

The Clean Water Act Through the Generations Blog Series

Michael Paul Growing up in Georgia, my sister and I spent countless hours walking the banks of our little creek, crossing fallen logs, racing stick boats, and looking for buried treasure that we were sure lay beneath the sandbars. It didn’t matter to us that our creek was known officially on maps only as “an… Read more »