Clean Water Infrastructure Funding Cut Again

Last Saturday about 100 people gathered at the North Carolina Botanical Garden to learn what we need to do to protect Bolin Creek. Sponsored by Friends of Bolin Creek, our local creek flows down to Jordan Lake, which is the drinking a water supply for several thriving communities in the area, and a place where… Read more »

World Wetland Day – Love your Carolina Bay!

In honor of World Wetland Day, I’d like to highlight one underappreciated wetland type which happens to be a personal favorite of mine.  Being a southern salamander lover, Carolina Bays have always been a fascination. Fed largely by rain and shallow groundwater, Carolina Bays [PDF] are elliptical shaped isolated wetlands found primarily in Georgia and the… Read more »

Fracking and Clean Water Threats

All Americans deserve clean water. So it’s heartening to see People magazine covering one of the leading threats to our rivers and clean water supplies – fracking. Living with Fracking | People Magazine The natural gas drilling technique known as fracking is a hot topic, highlighted by President Obama in the State of the Union… Read more »

Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure

In Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama reconfirmed his commitment to clean water, “I will not back down from making sure our food is safe, our water is clean…” Our communities and waterways need this commitment more than ever.  In the second decade of the 21st century, our nation’s water infrastructure is… Read more »

Innovative Infrastructure: The Back Bone of Healthy Communities

On Tuesday, President Obama kept returning to the importance of investing in infrastructure and encouraging innovation throughout his State of the Union address. That’s a great idea. Infrastructure systems can encourage economic growth, connect communities, and provide goods and services like safe drinking water. From bridges to water treatment plants, properly functioning infrastructure is critical… Read more »

Cities Should Go Green to Address Crumbling Infrastructure

Sewer overflows, leaky pipes and flooded streets. Many of us have been snarled in traffic due to a water main break or had to stay out of the water due to sewer spills. As a result, many people recognize the need to invest in our clean and safe water (except maybe Congress, who cut water… Read more »

Can Beavers Help us Rehabilitate our Rangelands?

Before winter set in for the season, we discovered an impressive woody dam on the West Fork Carson River while doing field work in Hope Valley Meadow.  This high elevation alpine meadow sits on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada only a stone’s throw from South Lake Tahoe.  Because of its accessibility, it is… Read more »

In With the New Out With the Old…Toilet

This fall I was committed to renovating my old 1980’s style bathroom. Now that it is done my wife and I disagree a bit about what the coolest feature of the new bathroom is, she likes the claw foot bathtub, but I am excited about the toilet. Yeah, the toilet. Anyone who works in water… Read more »

Restoring Savannah River Shoals: Two States, a Canal and a Redhorse

The Augusta Shoals is a critical reach of the Savannah River near Aiken, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia. “Shoals” are stretches of shallow, rocky rapids and were once common in Southeast Rivers – but many of these rivers have been drowned by dams. Shoals provide unique habitat for freshwater fish and mussels. More than 4… Read more »