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 »

North Carolina Fracking Fracas

North Carolina is the latest state to look at allowing development of its shale gas deposits using hydrologic fracturing (or fracking). On the American Rivers blog, we have previously discussed the hazards to our rivers and clean water supplies that fracking poses. Most recently, we highlighted the concerns surrounding natural gas development with the inclusion… Read more »

Preparing for Climate Change: Massachusetts

 Earlier this fall, Massachusetts released its Climate Change Adaptation Report. Following in the footsteps of many other states, such as Wisconsin, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, Massachusetts’ report analyzes strategies to adapt to a changing climate across many sectors from natural resources to infrastructure and the economy. The Adaptation Report is organized in two parts;… Read more »

Reaching Out for Clean Water in Philly

Today I want to give a shout out to the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). It is becoming increasingly apparent to me that one of the many investments they have made in pursuit of “Green City Clean Water” is a bold outreach campaign. Recently, I’ve received invitations to support the PWD budget, attend forums on urban… Read more »

Save the Delaware on International Rivers Day!

  Protect the Delaware River on International Rivers Day!    All across the world today, communities are coming together and speaking out for better protections of our waterways.  Currently, America’s Most Endangered River® of 2010, the Delaware [PDF], is threatened by the Susquehanna-Roseland 500kV Electric Transmission Line.  We believe construction of the proposed project would have… Read more »

Stopping the Ongoing Attacks on Clean Water

It’s summer and things are heating up here in Washington, DC; not just the hot air coming from the Capitol, although that’s plenty hot enough. The temperature is soaring well over ninety degrees every day with a heat index (something I don’t remember anyone talking about in Massachusetts and Maine, where I spent my childhood)… Read more »

The Green Economy Taking Hold

Here in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes the green economy is taking hold. But, what exactly is the green economy? The United Nations defines the green economy as an “economy that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” Others may relate to the theory of the… Read more »

Use Salt Wisely When Thawing Out this Winter

With the holidays quickly approaching and winter settling in, water quality may not be on the top of everybody’s mind. But with the abrupt arrival of heavy snow and ice in many parts of the country, we should all be thinking about the impacts of salting on our water.Salt use is often necessary for safety… Read more »

World Water Day: take action to protect clean water

Imagine having to walk three miles every day to obtain fresh water. That’s the average distance someone living in sub-Saharan Africa travels to get water for drinking, cooking, and washing. Today is World Water Day, and the facts are sobering, to say the least. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide lack adequate drinking water and… Read more »