The Clean Water Act Through the Generations Blog Series

Michael Paul Growing up in Georgia, my sister and I spent countless hours walking the banks of our little creek, crossing fallen logs, racing stick boats, and looking for buried treasure that we were sure lay beneath the sandbars. It didn’t matter to us that our creek was known officially on maps only as “an… Read more »

Water Water Is Not Everywhere

Wetland Drought | USGS From where I sit in Georgia, it’s Spring.  The rains are here, flowers are in bloom (as they have been since January), rivers are running high(er), and drought, at least for now, is far from the headlines.  Yet, I know what is lurking just around the corner.  Drought and water issues… Read more »

April Showers Bring May…

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness. Please join us for a one-hour webinar on May 14 at 3pm EDT, where we’ll provide highlights from our new guide, and state officials from California… Read more »

Because There Is No Substitute For Water

This blog was originally written for Zócalo Public Square. Seattle, Washington has been a leader in water conservation by reducing water usage, while increasing their population | © Sam Teigen It is doubtful that the sorts of technological advances that have deferred or mitigated (but not resolved) world shortages of food and oil will do… Read more »

National River Cleanup Photo Contest 2013: Vote Today!

2012 National River Cleanup photo contest winner Alan Hale I am happy to announce the top-ten finalists for the 2013 National River Cleanup photo contest. All year long we have been collecting your river cleanup photos and now we’ve picked our top ten; the rest is up to you! Click here to vote for your… Read more »

40 Years, 40 River Champions

Thank you to all the River Champions out there! | © Scott Bosse The River Champions have been selected! As part of the 40th anniversary of American Rivers, we wanted to celebrate the river community by highlighting some of the heroes in river conservation. Our staff chose the first 20 champions and over the past… Read more »

Weakening a Critical Backstop Protection for Public Health, Clean Rivers

Coastal Wetlands, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, MA | © US Fish and Wildlife Refuge A scarcely used, yet critical provision of the Clean Water Act provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the ability to stop the most devastating projects that would have unacceptable adverse impacts to our drinking water supplies, shellfish and fishery… Read more »

Spotlight on Prairie Potholes – Ducks Like Them, Why You Should Too

Prairie potholes | Laura Hubers, USFWS The Proposed Clean Water Rule Earlier this spring, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers released a draft rule to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act in an important step forward to restoring protections for small streams and wetlands. Despite nearly thirty years of… Read more »

As the Weather Heats Up, So Do Attacks on Clean Water in Congress

Ask your Representative to oppose dirty water provisions! | Nicholas A. Tonelli As the temperature starts to climb here in Washington, many of us might start thinking about summer vacations to the beach, a day spent floating our local river, or a weekend trip to a lake. The bad news is that attacks in Congress… Read more »