American Rivers names America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2012

Washington, D.C. – With Congress considering drastic cuts to national clean water protections, and rivers nationwide facing threats from natural gas drilling, pollution, and new dams, American Rivers today released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. American Rivers named the Potomac River, known as ‘the nation’s river’ as it flows through the capital,… Read more »

A Look Back in Honor of National Water Quality Month

Willamette River, OR before the Clean Water Act | Oregon State University Archives I’ve never known a time without a Clean Water Act in the United States. This became particularly clear to me after watching footage from Oregon State University’s archives of the Willamette River in the 1930s and 1940. While I’ve seen water pollution… Read more »

Fish Passage Projects Mean Money and Jobs

A recent article in the New York Daily News outlined some of the cuts proposed by Senate Republicans to the economic stimulus package. Included among those projects was $20 million to remove fish barriers that is earmarked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Naysayers are wrong if they think investing in fish passage projects… Read more »

Green Roofs – My Ah-Ha Moment

Standing with Barbara Deutsch on the green roof at Casey Trees here in Washington, DC, I had my ah-ha moment. Now, Gary has done a great job of explaining what a green roof is and how it works, but I needed to experience one for myself. So we went on a green roof mini-tour visiting… Read more »

Maryland Sues Over Natural Gas Contamination of Susquehanna

It is good to see that the State of Maryland is not taking lightly the contamination of their waters by natural gas activities. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has sent a letter to Chesapeake Energy notifying them of the State’s intent to sue for violation of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the… Read more »

PA Commission announces Boating Facilities Grant Program

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that non-profit land trusts, conservancies, and watershed associations may now apply for grants through the agency’s Boating Facilities Grant Program. The program previously allowed only local government entities to apply for the grants. The grant program will reimburse recipients for up to 75% of the costs for land… Read more »

Several Rivers Move Closer to Permanent Protection

Yesterday was a big day for rivers as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved several Wild and Scenic River bills by unanimous consent.  American Rivers has been working with local communities and river groups to develop proposals and advocating on Capitol Hill for several of of these rivers, including the the Molalla River in Oregon and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River,… Read more »

The Best Classrooms are Outside

As children, my brother and I spent long summer days playing in the creek behind our house. We lived in the suburbs of Washington, DC so it wasn’t a wild stream, but it felt wild to us. We would climb over our backyard fence and cross the open space to where the mowers stopped, entering… Read more »

House Attacks Public Health Protections in the Name of Coal

Stream Pollution from Coal Mines near Route 160 in Letcher County, Kentucky | iLoveMountains.org Last week, Representative Johnson (R-OH) introduced the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012” (H.R. 3409) with the bill expected to hit the floor this week. If the goal of the bill’s sponsors is to protect the coal industry, they… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy

10/29: Hurricane Sandy Heading to Shore, Expected to Land Earlier Than Estimated A strengthened Hurricane Sandy heads toward shore as conditions deteriorate on East Coast. Please check your local weather or tune into the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang live blog for regular updates. Additional resources to track the hurricane: Google’s Hurricane #Sandy crisis map,… Read more »