Is your beach safe for swimming?

For too many Americans, a swim at the local river or beach also means a nasty rash, ear infection, or illness. Swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the country (after walking), but pollution in the water from sewage or street runoff can really put a damper on summer fun. In 2010, water… Read more »

Making Our Communities SAFE

The increasing trends of extreme weather we’ve seen over the last couple of years have just been confirmed; last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report found that the number of extreme events: increasing temperature, drought, rainfall and flooding, are in fact long term trends, so we’d all better get ready! Preparing… Read more »

New Green Infrastructure Legislation introduced in Congress

Thanks to Representative Donna Edwards, and co-sponsors Russ Carnahan and Steve Driehaus, a groundbreaking new piece of legislation was introduced December 3rd that would significantly help advance green infrastructure throughout the country.  The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act of 2009, if it makes it into law, would create up to five green infrastructure centers… Read more »

Permeable Pavement Makes Local Headlines

Back in June, I wrote about permeable pavement in cooler climates.  At that time, permeable pavement was still a fairly new idea in Northwest Ohio and I think it took some time to digest as a real alternative in stormwater management.  Over the past two weeks, Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara has brought new light… Read more »

Rain Barrels Available

Yes, it is that time of year again when the weather starts to warm and we wait for our plants to grow. So, while we are patiently waiting for some form of life to appear from the ground, we should start thinking about installing our rain barrel. I’ve seen several outside already, but I would caution against… Read more »

Rivers in November: By The Numbers

November is a busy month, with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, along with continuing river conservation battles and successes. Here’s a quick wrap-up of the month, by the numbers: 1621: Year the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Colony. Can you name the brook that provided the Pilgrims their vital water supply and herring runs? (the brook that… Read more »

Smart Infrastructure Investments Will Boost Jobs, Quality of Life

Water. What could be more important and fundamental to our health, and our lives? Clean water is the lifeblood of our communities, yet our nation’s water infrastructure — our drinking water and wastewater systems, dams and levees — are woefully outdated. Consider: According to the EPA, an estimated 1.8 million to 3.5 million people get… Read more »

Take Action to Stop the Dirty Water Bill

Take Action Now!Tell Congress to Oppose the Dirty Water Bill The Clean Water for Cooperative Federalism Act (H.R. 2018) introduced by Representative Mica (R-FL) and Representative Rahall (D-WV) will go to the floor for a vote in the House. Despite its title, this bipartisan bill has very little to do with protecting clean water. Instead,… Read more »

What’s Your Favorite River Beer?

What’s your favorite river beer? My colleague Kavita just came back from a meeting in southern Oregon where she learned that Rogue Ales and Spirits of Newport, Oregon will soon release “Restoration Redd Ale” to benefit salmon habitat restoration efforts (for you non-Northwesterners, a redd is a salmon “nest” in the bed of a river)…. Read more »