1 in 28 People Can Get Sick from Swimming at the Beach

Did you know that your odds of getting sick after swimming at your favorite beach could be as high as 1 in 28? In December, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its updated recommendations for recreational water quality. These recommendations help states set criteria for bacteria and other pathogens that are protective of public health for… Read more »

Are You Swimming in Sewage?

Do you enjoy splashing in your stream and swimming in your local lake? Does your dog jump into your local creek at every chance? You may think you know whether it’s safe to be in the water, but depending on where you live, there’s a good chance you have no idea… and with hundreds of… Read more »

Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River

The rain didn’t discourage the crowd of 85 volunteers from Cox Media Group Ohio, Manheim Cincinnati, and University of Dayton on the river last week.  For the third year in a row, the Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River was a success in removing litter and debris from the river that flows through downtown… Read more »

Do you care about the Susquehanna River? Tell the SRBC.

Actually, I know that many of you do care about the Susquehanna River because you showed us your support when we named it America’s Most Endangered River of 2011. You’ll recall that the Susquehanna earned this unfortunate distinction due to the threat of rapid natural gas development in the watershed.  If you don’t live in the… Read more »

Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure

In Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama reconfirmed his commitment to clean water, “I will not back down from making sure our food is safe, our water is clean…” Our communities and waterways need this commitment more than ever.  In the second decade of the 21st century, our nation’s water infrastructure is… Read more »

Good ‘Bad News’ for the Mon

Sometimes we hope for bad news, in the anticipation that it will highlight a problem, increase awareness, and turn it into good news down the line.  I find myself celebrating such a paradox today, as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has characterized the Monongahela River as impaired due to elevated sulfate levels in this major drinking… Read more »

Green to Go Green for Clean Water in the Chesapeake

My office sits near the bank of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania, so it was a treat to leave the office several days ago to travel downstream to where this 464 mile long river flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. I was there to attend an announcement of $4 million… Read more »

How Your Jeans Affect Rivers

  Jeans manufacturing requires a lot of chemicals and water and if the left over water isn’t treated properly, it can pollute our valuable rivers and streams.  That’s why GAP has recently expanded their 2004 Clean Water Program to ensure that all their suppliers meet their high wastewater quality standards. Check out more the next time… Read more »

Keeping Chemicals Out of Rivers

Representative Slaughter Introduces Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act A few summers ago, I spent a day paddling down the Schuylkill River. Not along the scenic headwaters, as you might imagine, but right in downtown Philadelphia. There’s nothing quite like seeing a city from the river in a kayak! Across the country, people are getting back to their… Read more »