Green Reserve — Water Infrastructure in the Stimulus at One Year

At the groundbreaking of a “green street” project in Edmonston, Maryland, funded by the stimulus, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said: “Environmental protection, if done right, is about protecting a community. You should never have to choose between an economy that’s vibrant and green and an environment that’s vibrant and green.” That’s exactly why the “green… Read more »

How Much Water Does North Carolina Have?

Late last week Governor Bev Perdue signed House Bill 1743- River Basin Modeling into state law in North Carolina.  This is a critical step forward in determining how we manage water here in NC.  The bill requires that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) develops models for each of the 17 major river basins in NC.  These… Read more »

Jumpstart the Economy by Going Green!

National environmental groups are working hard to present information to the Obama transition team on how to invest wisely in green infrastructure and jumpstart the economy. Check out this press release for some details. I attended the press conference on Capitol Hill where Betsy Otto, American Rivers’ Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, represented the groups… Read more »

Maryland Can Lead the Way — for Innovative Stormwater Management

For clean water, I’m proud to be a Marylander, or is that a terrapin, or – well you get it. Back in 2007, Maryland passed the Environmental Site Design law, a proactive and innovative approach to controlling polluted stormwater runoff. The law requires that sites use environmental site design to the maximum extent practicable. The state… Read more »

New Years Resolutions for Rivers

Good thing that rivers don’t have to lose weight or else this would be pretty boring… In 2009, our rivers will face the same things we all will – a changing climate and a major economic recession, both of which will cause profound social and environmental change. As the climate continues to warm, we’ll see… Read more »

Polluters Getting Away — Clean Water Act Not Enforced

Our streams and rivers are far from clean – pollution from urban runoff and farms are significant sources that are challenging to control. One thing that the Clean Water Act makes clear is that “point source” pollution – water pollution from sewage treatment, industrial plants and other sources must meet pollution limits. However, in an… Read more »

Rain Gardens: A Top Priority for Girl Scouts of the USA in 2012

Time to start 2012 off right! Last month the Girl Scouts of the USA announced its 100th Anniversary Take Action Project Girl Scouts Forever Green, which includes projects focused on waste reduction, energy conservation and rain gardens. Rain gardens improve water quality by infiltrating and reducing water-born pollutants running into streams, rivers, and other water… 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 »

Testifying on Green Infrastructure

Last week I had the opportunity to testify at a House hearing about a new EPA initiative called “integrated permitting.” The Agency’s idea is to look at ways to evaluate various Clean Water Act requirements together to see how they could be integrated. For example, if a city has pollution problems from urban stormwater runoff… Read more »