EPA Administrator is Working to Protect Economic Health

You probably know the importance of clean water when it comes to your health, but did you know that clean water is also imperative to the health of our economy? EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote about the importance of clean water for economic growth in her op-ed that appeared in the Huffington Post September 29,… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

St Louis River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 8. St Louis River Location: Minnesota The St. Louis River is threatened by new copper-nickel sulfide mining in its headwaters that would destroy or degrade thousands of square miles of pristine forested wetlands and streams. Credit: Lori Andresen Minnesota’s Arrowhead region is known for its pure and abundant waters,… Read more »

Stanford on Verge of Momentous Dam Decision

The 60 foot Searsville Dam from below | Matt Stoecker After 15 years of pushing by American Rivers and partners such as Beyond Searsville Dam (BSD), Stanford University could finally start taking responsibility for the harm its water system causes to endangered steelhead trout and local streams. For over 100 years, Stanford has operated multiple… Read more »

Harpeth River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 9. Harpeth River Location: Tennessee Sewage pollution and water withdrawals are putting clean water, fish and wildlife, and recreation at risk. Credit: Tom Frundle The Harpeth River in Tennessee is too small during the low flow summer season to be a reliable source of drinking water to the City… Read more »

At What Point Do We Protect Rivers?

The Clean Water Rule seeks to answer the question: When does a body of water become a water of the United States, and in being so, protected by the Clean Water Act?