Giving Thanks – for Fresh Food and Clean Water

The holidays are a good time to pause to consider all the things for which we’re thankful. For me, all of the people in my life who keep me laughing and inspired, for family, and for good food (my husband made three different pies this year!) and access to clean and safe water. But, not… Read more »

New Report: Investments in Clean Water Could Create Millions of Jobs

American Rivers has partnered with Green for All and the Economic Policy Institute to compose the report “Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs and Greening the Environment”. The results of the research that was put into the report show that investments in our water infrastructure would yield 1.9 million American jobs and add $265 billion… Read more »

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 »

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 »