Protect Public Health and Clean Water

Clean water is vital for public health. From the streams where we swim, the rivers where we fish and not to mention the water we drink. And yet, billions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage flow into our streams, rivers and lakes every year. Polluted stormwater runoff triggers sewer overflows, beach closures and… Read more »

Oregon Preparing for Climate Change

There’s been a recent flurry of climate-related activity as a number of states have begun to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Oregon, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington state, and Wisconsin have all released climate preparedness plans in the past few months, and New York state just finished accepting comments on an interim version of its… Read more »

Securing Clean Drinking Water in an Uncertain Future

Floods, droughts, and now cholera? While we know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather, scientists report that this increase in extreme stormwater could “set the stage for a return of cholera to North America.”  Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are often the ones to bear the brunt of… Read more »

Tell the Forest Service to Keep our Rivers and Streams Clean

The Forest Service recently released its draft Planning Rule (National Forest Management Act) to outline the way 193 million acres of public forests and grasslands are managed.  The 400,000 miles of streams flowing from these forests provide 66 million people with drinking water supplies and critical habitat for more than 500 rare, threatened or endangered… Read more »

Groups Challenge Creation of Costly, Harmful and Unnecessary Lake

Atlanta — On behalf of the Georgia River Network and American Rivers, the Southern Environmental Law Center challenged in federal court the flawed basis for the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) decision to permit a $17 million, 960-acre recreational fishing lake in Grady County, Georgia near the Florida state line.  The legal challenge focuses on… Read more »

Coalition documents Obama’s ghoulish salmon plan

PORTLAND, Ore. – A coalition of fishing, business, and conservation organizations asked a federal judge today to declare President Obama’s Columbia and Snake river salmon recovery plan illegal. “We’d like to pretend this plan is just a ‘trick’ and the ‘treat’ is still to come,” said Michael Garrity of American Rivers. “But we can’t. We’ve… Read more »

Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, brewed a cup of tea and made a bowl of oatmeal, filled my iron and pressed my clothes, washed my dishes, got ready for work and went to the office. With the exception of turning off the faucet as I was brushing, and being… Read more »

How Much Water Does North Carolina Have?

Late last week Governor Bev Perdue signed House Bill 1743- River Basin Modeling into state law in North Carolina.  This is a critical step forward in determining how we manage water here in NC.  The bill requires that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) develops models for each of the 17 major river basins in NC.  These… Read more »

House May Correct Bad Policies of the Past with Oil Spill Legislation

The Gulf oil spill brought to light the impact that disasters like this have on the lands and waters that belong to all Americans. We rely on the government to make sure the oil and gas companies are acting responsibly because when things go wrong our communities and ecosystems both suffer. Without stronger oversight and… Read more »