Survey Supports Smart Stormwater Rules

Green infrastructure | Credit Sean Foltz Some cities have gone full force in trying to plant more trees, provide incentives for green roofs and use other techniques like rain gardens that cost-effectively reduce polluted stormwater runoff, flooding and sewer overflows. Places like Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Toledo are all investing in these techniques. As more funding… Read more »

Swimming in Slime Underscores Need for Smart Clean Water Protections

Green slime covering up your local swimming hole?  Seems that Senator Inhofe (R-OK) found his own Grand Lake covered in algae. After swimming in the muck, the Senator became really sick. Blue-green algae are known to cause respiratory illness, skin irritation and diarrhea and tend to flourish in times of drought when water is warm… Read more »

Hurricane Irene Underscores Need For Better Preparation

Over the past week Mother Nature has done a fine job of reminding those of us on the East Coast that she’s the one that’s really in charge. Between the earthquake that shocked us all, and Hurricane Irene still wreaking havoc as it moves up the east coast, we’re reminded that as much as we… Read more »

Contaminants in Your Clams?

Residents along the Long Island Sound don’t just have to worry about possible beach closures this summer. Due to heavy rainfall over the last few days, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a temporary closure for shellfish harvesting in Nassau and Suffolk Counties along the coast. What does rainfall have to do with… Read more »

Is your beach safe for swimming?

For too many Americans, a swim at the local river or beach also means a nasty rash, ear infection, or illness. Swimming is the second most popular sports activity in the country (after walking), but pollution in the water from sewage or street runoff can really put a damper on summer fun. In 2010, water… Read more »

Sewage spill in NY’s Hudson River

Most mornings begin this way, a half hour swim in the Hudson River, north along the commuter rail track from my local swimming beach, past the fishing shack cobbled together from driftwood and lumber scraps, up to the old railroad building and back to the little neighborhood swimming beach. There’s a peace to the river… Read more »

Weathering Change

Download the full report [PDF] Go to report website (includes individual chapter downloads) Bringing Federal Policy into the 21st Century Many federal policies still encourage the same backward-looking water management approaches that didn’t work in the past and are even less suited to the future. Federal funding and policies reward wasteful water use and support… Read more »

Pennsylvania supports Philadelphia plan for green infrastructure

In my recent blog, I mentioned Philadelphia’s “Green City, Clean Water” plan “ to develop sustainable water management and minimize costs for water treatment caused in part by stormwater run-off from the city’s broad expanse of pavement, rooftops and sidewalks.” On one hand it’s an innovative and ambitious plan. .. On the other hand, “Green… Read more »

Endangered River’ victory on the Chicago River

Chicago – American Rivers today announced a major victory for the Chicago River, one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ of 2011. American Rivers commended the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Chicago for acting on the recommendations in the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report and voting to disinfect sewage wastewater, which will significantly improve public… Read more »