Keeping the Delaware Free

Guest post by Susan Wallace. Delaware River | Nicholas A. Tonelli The Delaware River has captivated me for almost my entire life. It has always felt old and atmospheric, yet a river alive, romantic and beautiful. The river just has so much presence – it feels like a spiritual being. I remember the ’55 flood…. Read more »

Mining, Rivers, and Volcanoes Don’t Mix

Lewis River Meadow, WA | Susan Saul Mount St. Helens is an American icon. Anyone who lived in the Northwest during the 1980 eruption may remember ash and dust covering nearly every surface imaginable. People who lived in other parts of the country at the time may remember the amazing images of an ancient volcano… Read more »

North Carolina’s Failing Falls Lake

I’ve been engaged over the past six months on the rules proposed for cleaning of a water supply for almost a million North Carolinians – Falls Lake.  It is the source of clean drinking water for the city of Raleigh and some of the surrounding towns in Wake County.  It was built by the US… Read more »

Protect Public Health and Clean Water

Clean water is vital for public health. From the streams where we swim, the rivers where we fish and not to mention the water we drink. And yet, billions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage flow into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. Polluted stormwater runoff triggers sewer overflows, beach closures and… Read more »

Reducing Our Plastic Use – One ‘River Fan’ At A Time

Last weekend a few American Rivers staff members volunteered for a cause near and dear to our hearts.  We joined the Brita Filter for Good® Music Project team at the Dave Matthews Band concert in Virginia to speak to fans about the importance of reducing their plastic waste.  Together we were able to collect nearly… Read more »

Securing Clean Drinking Water in an Uncertain Future

Floods, droughts, and now cholera? While we know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather, scientists report that this increase in extreme stormwater could “set the stage for a return of cholera to North America.”  Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are often the ones to bear the brunt of… Read more »

Success on Laurel Hill Creek (MER 2009)

We have had some great news recently on one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2009, Laurel Hill Creek!  In this listing, we asked that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) designate Laurel Hill Creek as a Critical Water Planning Area (CWPA).  On November 18, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Statewide Water Resource Committee voted “yes” for Laurel… Read more »

The Latest Threat to Clean Water

Rep Donna Edwards urges her colleagues in House to stand up for clean water & protect families, economies, drinking water. Today, the House is voting on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of FY 2013 today, which includes a dirty water provision that would prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from clarifying the scope… Read more »

Wake Up!

In the last month there has been an outcry by members of Congress, states and the insurance industry [subscription required] to wake up and begin preparing for more large scale and extreme weather events. Illinois Senator Dick Durban commented early last week that it’s time we acknowledge the obvious fact that our climate is changing,… Read more »

A Tale of Two Shale States’ Response

On July 26, the Wall Street Journal issued an editorial entitled “A Tale of Two Shale States.”  I disagree with the editors on this issue, and this is why: Fat pockets are useless if you die of thirst. The commentary presented in “A Tale of Two Shale States” covers a very narrow point of view on… Read more »