To Float Or Not To Float The Waste…That Is The Question

Wastewater trucks near the Susquehanna River| Carol Manuel One thing you can say about America – for better or worse, we are a nation with no shortage of innovators, problem solvers, and grand schemers.  Following the latest trends to improve efficiency of natural gas development can be a never-ending pursuit of ideas and solutions.  Today… Read more »

Rough & Ready Creek is Too Special to Ruin

Today’s guest blog about the #8 Rough & Ready and Baldface Creeks- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Barbara Ullian, a dedicated local resident, member of Friends of the Kalmiopsis, and manager of roughandreadycreek.org.  Take Action to Protect theRough & Ready Creek Urge President Obama to stop the threat of… Read more »

Hearing to Protect Birmingham’s Drinking Water

Proposed coal mine along the Black Warrior River, AL | © Nelson Brooke In April, American Rivers named the Black Warrior River one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® due to the threat of coal mining. A hearing on a proposal to declare a Black Warrior tributary as unsuitable for mining is coming up in July,… Read more »

Stormwater Management in the Yuba Watershed

In the heart of Nevada County, American Rivers has installed two raingardens and a bioswale that, each year, capture and filter over 3 million gallons of stormwater runoff from 2 acres of parkinglots. In addition, a pathway of permeable pavement demonstrates a new, runoff-reducing technology (that also needs no deicing in winter) to library and… Read more »

What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Rivers?

With the National Parks closed no one can enjoy the beauty of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, WA | © Lance McCoy Rivers and those who depend upon them will pay a price if the government shutdown continues much longer. The causes of the shutdown, the legislative battles over the Affordable Care Act, the… Read more »

New Report Shows How Green Infrastructure Investments Can Create Value for Commercial Property Owners and Tenants

This blog was originally posted by Larry Levine on NRDC’s Switchboard. “Green infrastructure” in urban and suburban areas – that is, techniques like green roofs, tree plantings, rain gardens, and permeable pavement, which absorb rainwater near where it falls – is proven to help solve major water pollution problems. These water management practices store rainwater… Read more »

Carolina Coal Ash Liability- Tell South Carolina to Protect Drinking Water!

South Carolina citizens, tell your State Senator to oppose H.3925!| © Eric Chance, Appalachian Voices You’d hope that South Carolina would learn from the tragedy and trauma poorly managed coal ash ponds have caused its neighbors in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Unfortunately, under pressure from the state’s most powerful corporate lobbying interest the South… Read more »

University of Alabama Faces More Pressure to Protect Drinking Water for Greater Birmingham

Today’s guest blog about the Black Warrior River— listed as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2013 and 2011— is from Charles Scribner, Executive Director of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper. The Black Warrior Riverkeeper is a citizen-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving water quality, habitat, recreation, and public health throughout the Black Warrior River watershed…. Read more »

Less Road Salt = More Eggs

Last month, I shared a photographic journey around the Deer Creek watershed in Maryland with Jim Thompson from Maryland Fisheries Service (Fisheries Service). In this video, Jim explains how they sample for herring eggs in Maryland streams. Today, I wanted to follow-up on that adventure by looking at some of the results of this ongoing… Read more »

Urban Swimming: Portland’s Willamette River

Originally posted on NatGeo’s Newswatch Willamette River swimmers, August 2014. Photo courtesy Human Access Project. Through my goggles, I watch the sun lighting up the surface of the water, gold-green. My air bubbles are silver against the dark below. Each time I take a breath I look for the bright caps of my fellow swimmers,… Read more »