Saving the Central Sands

Today’s guest blog about the #4 Little Plover River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Bob Clarke with Friends of the Central Sands. Friends of the Central Sands (FOCS) works to promote a healthy Central Sands landscape through natural resource stewardship, community involvement, scientific knowledge, and advocacy. Take Action to… Read more »

Dam Alternatives

What Are the Alternatives to Damming Rivers? The era of widespread construction of large dams for the most part ended in the 1960s and ‘70s.  Or so we thought.  Recently, numerous proposals for new dams have emerged, mostly in the name of improving water supplies strained by urban growth, a desire to irrigate more cropland,… Read more »

The Permitting Process for Water Supply Reservoirs

The construction of water supply reservoir projects requires a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for “the discharge of the dredged or fill material in waters of the U.S.” resulting from building the dam and control structures. EPA and the Corps of Engineers’ responsibility in the Section 404 permit process is to ensure that any… Read more »

Three Rivers, a National Treasure, and the ‘Water War’ that Refuses to End

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin needs open transparent negotiations to save the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem | © Alan Cressler It’s been a surprisingly rainy summer here in the Southeast, but the relief from our latest drought has not been enough to prevent a fresh flare-up in the long-running “tri-state water wars” between Georgia, Florida and Alabama…. Read more »

New Report: Fracking Has Serious Impact to Water Resources

A guest post by Evan Hansen and Meghan Betcher with Downstream Strategies, which offers environmental consulting services that combine sound interdisciplinary skills with a core belief in the importance of protecting the environment and linking economic development with natural resource stewardship. Trucks on the Marcellus Shale | Downstream Strategies In recent years, natural gas production… Read more »

Investing In Clean Rivers For A Healthy Chesapeake Bay: New Report

Cities and counties in the Bay states are behind schedule implementing permit controls to reduce stormwater runoff | © Jayme Frye The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has released a new report, “Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Chesapeake Bay Region’s Ecology, Economy and Health.” Storm event runoff pollutes thousands of… Read more »

Clean Water Act at Work: EPA Supports Bristol Bay!

Ask the EPA to use their CWA Section 404(c) authority to protect Bristol Bay! Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is initiating a process under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to identify appropriate options to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the potentially destructive impacts of… Read more »

Gila River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Gila River New Mexico Threat: New water diversions At Risk: River health, fish & wildlife, recreation, and tourism Gila River, NM | © Patrick Alexander New Mexico’s last free-flowing river, the Gila, is threatened by an expensive and unnecessary water diversion and pipeline project. The new diversions, pipelines, and… Read more »

A Western Colorado perspective on “New Supply”

Today’s guest blog about the #2 Upper Colorado River- a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series- is from Jim Pokrandt, Chair of the Colorado Basin Roundtable. To facilitate discussions on water management issues and encourage locally driven collaborative solutions, nine basin roundtables were established by the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act. These… Read more »

Epic Streamflows In Western Colorado – Is It Sustainable?

Morrows Point dam is spilling at over 9,000 cfs! | Joel Evans This year’s spring runoff in Western Colorado is bordering on epic! With the Shoshone Reach on the Colorado near Glenwood Springs running at over 16,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the three Aspinall Unit dams (Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal) spilling… Read more »