The Clean Water Act: Preserving the Past and Improving the Future

This is a guest blog from one of our conservation interns Ryan Cook Gulf Branch stream, Arlington, VA | Ryan Cook When you’re growing up everything seems bigger.  In elementary school I played in the Gulf Branch stream in Arlington, overlooking the Potomac River.  My younger self treated the largest pool as a veritable lagoon,… Read more »

Clean Water Rules Provide for Safe Whitewater Boating

Youghiogheny River, MD | Jeff Macklin I started whitewater canoeing 35 years ago. I’ve paddled hundreds of rivers over thousands of trips. I can only recall abandoning a planned trip for two reasons, OK three— once I had to carry my boat out in pieces once after shredding it in a rock sieve. The other… Read more »

Fishing on the Kootenai is Threatened by Coal Mining

Today’s guest blog about the #9 Kootenai River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Beckie Clarke, owner and operator of Fernie Fly Fishing, in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada.  Beckie talks about the impacts to fishing caused by mines on the Elk River.  The Elk River joins the Kootenai River at… 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 »

What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Rivers?

With the National Parks closed no one can enjoy the beauty of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, WA | © Lance McCoy Rivers and those who depend upon them will pay a price if the government shutdown continues much longer. The causes of the shutdown, the legislative battles over the Affordable Care Act, the… Read more »

New Report Shows How Green Infrastructure Investments Can Create Value for Commercial Property Owners and Tenants

This blog was originally posted by Larry Levine on NRDC’s Switchboard. “Green infrastructure” in urban and suburban areas – that is, techniques like green roofs, tree plantings, rain gardens, and permeable pavement, which absorb rainwater near where it falls – is proven to help solve major water pollution problems. These water management practices store rainwater… Read more »

Carolina Coal Ash Liability- Tell South Carolina to Protect Drinking Water!

South Carolina citizens, tell your State Senator to oppose H.3925!| © Eric Chance, Appalachian Voices You’d hope that South Carolina would learn from the tragedy and trauma poorly managed coal ash ponds have caused its neighbors in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Unfortunately, under pressure from the state’s most powerful corporate lobbying interest the South… Read more »

University of Alabama Faces More Pressure to Protect Drinking Water for Greater Birmingham

Today’s guest blog about the Black Warrior River— listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 and 2011— is from Charles Scribner, Executive Director of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper. The Black Warrior Riverkeeper is a citizen-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving water quality, habitat, recreation, and public health throughout the Black Warrior River watershed…. Read more »

Less Road Salt = More Eggs

Last month, I shared a photographic journey around the Deer Creek watershed in Maryland with Jim Thompson from Maryland Fisheries Service (Fisheries Service). In this video, Jim explains how they sample for herring eggs in Maryland streams. Today, I wanted to follow-up on that adventure by looking at some of the results of this ongoing… Read more »

Urban Swimming: Portland’s Willamette River

Originally posted on NatGeo’s Newswatch Willamette River swimmers, August 2014. Photo courtesy Human Access Project. Through my goggles, I watch the sun lighting up the surface of the water, gold-green. My air bubbles are silver against the dark below. Each time I take a breath I look for the bright caps of my fellow swimmers,… Read more »