A River by Any Other Name

Click to enlarge. Map by Derek Watkins What do you call your local stream?  Check out this fascinating map with its “Lite-Brite-esque” quality. This map, designed by Derek Watkins, makes the connection between regional usage of words for the common term “river” or “stream.” It is a thought-provoking visual representation that links cultural, environmental and geographic… Read more »

Busy Week for Natural Gas Across the Country

Well pad | Credit: Ecoflight   There has been a lot of activity across the country this week as states grapple with the most appropriate ways to deal with the natural gas boom.  Here are some highlights: For America’s Most Endangered River® of 2011, the Susquehanna River, local activists surprised the Commissioners of the Susquehanna… Read more »

Congress Votes to Roll Back Clean Water

In one of the most sweeping attacks on clean, safe water in our nation’s history, the House of Representatives today voted to turn back the clock 40 years on clean water protections. The “dirty water bill”, H.R. 2018 was introduced by Representative Mica (R-FL) and Representative Rahall (D-WV) and undermines critical Clean Water Act safeguards… Read more »

FRAC Act Re-introduced in Congress

The buzz over natural gas continued on Tuesday as the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  “There is a growing discrepancy between the natural gas industry’s claim that nothing ever goes wrong and the drumbeat of investigations and personal tragedies which demonstrate a… Read more »

Green Infrastructure in the Government

On Tuesday, the EPA finally released guidance on Sec. 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Yes, 2007. This section  of the law states: “The sponsor of any development or redevelopment project involving a Federal facility with a footprint that exceeds 5,000 square feet shall use site planning, design, construction, and maintenance strategies… Read more »

Help protect the Wild and Scenic Chetco River against mining

The Wild and Scenic Chetco River has stunning emerald-green and turquoise waters, amazing recreational opportunities, and provides clean drinking water to over 20,000 people in Brookings and Harbor in southern Oregon. It also hosts runs of massive King/chinook salmon, and the Chetco fishery is an important economic engine for surrounding communities. The Chetco was recently… Read more »

Innovative Infrastructure: The Back Bone of Healthy Communities

On Tuesday, President Obama kept returning to the importance of investing in infrastructure and encouraging innovation throughout his State of the Union address. That’s a great idea. Infrastructure systems can encourage economic growth, connect communities, and provide goods and services like safe drinking water. From bridges to water treatment plants, properly functioning infrastructure is critical… Read more »

Let’s Keep Our Water Clean with The Water Infrastructure Resiliency Act

This year’s unprecedented storms and flooding are just a glimpse of the changes and challenges our nation will face in the future from a changing climate.  Increased extreme drought, severe storms and flooding, and rising sea levels are forecast to be more frequent and damaging and pose big threats to public health and the economy.   At… Read more »

National Fracking Call Day

Grassroots groups across the country are asking everyone to call President Obama today to tell him your concerns about natural gas development using fracking technology.  Local activists fighting to protect their own water supplies will be asking President Obama to stand up for their right to clean water.  As you know, American Rivers has highlighted… Read more »