House May Correct Bad Policies of the Past with Oil Spill Legislation

The Gulf oil spill brought to light the impact that disasters like this have on the lands and waters that belong to all Americans. We rely on the government to make sure the oil and gas companies are acting responsibly because when things go wrong our communities and ecosystems both suffer. Without stronger oversight and… Read more »

Join Our Social Media Push for Clean Water Today!

Your right to clean water is under assault in Congress. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Dean Heller (R-NV) have proposed an amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (H.R. 2354) that would effectively limit the protection of the Clean Water Act regarding  small streams and wetlands across the country-the very streams and wetlands… Read more »

New River Ambassador Program for River Businesses!

What’s better than floating lazily down the river on a summer afternoon? Or battling the rapids as you paddle down the river?  Or dropping a line in your favorite stream as the sun is coming up?  River-related businesses help make all of these experiences possible. They are also some of the best advocates for clean,… Read more »

Policy Reforms That Save Money and Prepare Communities for Climate Change

Weathering Change The recent Mississippi River floods have shown us how profoundly vulnerable we are to extreme weather. The record rains have drowned crops, inundated homes, and ground economic activity to a halt in many places. They’ve created agonizing choices that involve choosing which homes will be ruined and which will be saved. This is… Read more »

Rain Garden Tips: Soil

Last week I wrote a brief intro for my blog post on testing your soil, and below is the video I promised. You’ll see why I wanted you all to get some supplies. A couple things I forgot to mention in the video: Even if your soils don’t drain well, and replacing your soils with… Read more »

Sand Mining for Fracking in Texas

On our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, we highlighted many types of mining, from uranium to copper and gold to coal. It is no secret that extractive industries tend to be hard on the environment.  When we listed our #1 Most Endangered River this year, the Susquehanna River, for natural gas development, we… Read more »

Sometimes Hope Comes When you Least Expect it

I always seem to discover new things about my family when I travel home. I’m also a firm believer in that cliched saying, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I just didn’t realize how close it lands sometimes. The first Sunday I was home this December, my grandfather and I settled into our… Read more »

Tell Your Senators: Don’t Cut Conservation Programs

Take Action to Support Clean Water Take a moment right now to urge your Senators to reject cuts to hard-won conservation programs Your call today will come at a very important time when the Senate is back in session. A quick phone call to your Senator is even more powerful than a letter. Here’s what… Read more »

Tubing The Shenandoah Puts Importance Of Clean Water Into Focus

Last weekend, I spent the day tubing down the Shenandoah River by Harper’s Ferry, close to where it meets the Potomac. There are few better ways to beat the heat of a Washington, DC summer than escaping downtown and spending some time on (or in) the water! Fortunately for me and my fellow tubers, it… Read more »