Update On Clean Water At The Supreme Court

This is a guest blog from American Rivers’ intern, Genevieve Meller. Los Angeles River, CA | EPA Just last week, the Supreme Court (Court) issued their decision [PDF] on the Clean Water Act (CWA) case, Los Angeles County Flood Control District (District) v. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Court reversed and remanded the decision… Read more »

Legal Victory for Clean Water Act Permitting

Runoff from a valley fill following mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky | Matt Wasson, Appalachian Voices A Legal Victory to Stop Damaging Projects that Pollute Water and Threaten Health On Tuesday, the EPA won a legal victory for its ability to veto permits for projects with significant adverse impacts that discharge “dredge or fill materials,”… 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 »

Westlawn Redevelopment

Sean Foltz accepts an award on behalf of American Rivers from Antonio Perez, Director of the Housing Authority and Willie Hines, Alderman | Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee American Rivers was recently recognized for their work with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee. An award was presented at a recognition ceremony… Read more »

Survey Says… Don’t Mine the Boundary Waters!

Let President Obama, Governor Dayton, and Congress know that you oppose harmful mining on the Boundary Waters! | © Jim Brandenburg Earlier this year, American Rivers highlighted concerns over introducing sulfide mines to the Boundary Waters region in Minnesota with our list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Two new polls show that Minnesotans are becoming more… Read more »

Groups to EPA: Science Confirms Importance of Streams and Wetlands

Small Stream in Alabama | Lana Dotson Washington, DC – Environmental, public health conservation, and wildlife groups applaud the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for seeking scientists’ input on how streams and wetlands affect the health of larger bodies, and urged EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finalize a strong rule to protect… Read more »

EPA Must Take One More Step to Protect Bristol Bay

Ask the EPA to permanently protect Bristol Bay from mining! In 2011, American Rivers listed Bristol Bay as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, due to the threat of a massive copper/gold mine that would devastate the landscape, fisheries, and local way of life. We are pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released… Read more »

The Endangered Haw River – Past and Present

Today’s guest blog about the #9 Haw River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Elaine Chiosso, Haw Riverkeeper. The Haw Riverkeeper is the voice of the Haw River, using the tools of law, advocacy, education, monitoring, and citizen participation. Tell your Representative and Senator in the North Carolina General Assembly to… Read more »

Everything’s Bigger in Texas – Including Playa Lakes

Waterfowl flying in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge | USFWS Playa lakes are a type of shallow wetland that typically form after rainfall. They can be found across the Southern High Plains, in states such as Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas – but the highest density of playas can be found in Texas. Up to… Read more »

Meadow Reconnaissance

Summer in American Rivers’ California regional office means field season – or, as it should more aptly be named, meadow season. Going on three summers, and with the continued support of the National Fish and Wildlife Fund (NFWF), American Rivers’ staff has assessed meadows for restoration prioritization on a watershed scale. This summer, over 80… Read more »