How Much are Safe Drinking Water, Clean Rivers Worth?

Outdated stormwater infrastructure puts clean drinking water at risk. Congress must invest now to protect against sewage overflows. According to the most recent House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for the Department of Interior, the EPA, and other related programs, safe drinking water and clean rivers aren’t worth very much. In the subcommittee’s… 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 »

Protecting Our Clean Water with the STOPS Runoff Act

Today, Senator Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the STOPS Runoff Act of 2011 that will reduce polluted runoff from federally funded highways and roads. It’s hard to believe that the streets and highways we drive on every day are one of the leading sources of water pollution. But think about it – with over 985,139 miles of… Read more »

A Repeat of 2011? Dirty Water Riders in the House Interior Appropriations Bill

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will mark up their appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013. This bill authorizes spending for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior (DOI), and other agencies like the Forest Service. Unfortunately, in a repeat of 2011, the House Interior-EPA Appropriations bill includes… Read more »

Rain Barrel Rewards

We’ve had some mighty storms in the DC area recently. Trees down, flooding, sewer overflows, power outages and the like. In developed areas, when it rains we usually lose most of our water as it is directed to storm drains and sent directly to our streams and rivers, causing unnaturally high flows and resulting damage…. Read more »

The Clean Water Act Through The Generations: Generation Y Series

How has the Clean Water Act impacted your life? For those of us who weren’t alive when the Clean Water Act was passed into law in 1972, we interpret this law through the eyes of Generation Y. Having fun at a National River Cleanup event | American Rivers Leading an 8 person boat, listening to the… Read more »

Improvements for the Potomac River: River Health Now A “C” Grade

The following is a guest post series by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. Dyke Marsh, Potomac River, VA | ©… Read more »

Celebrating Green Streets in Maryland

Exciting news for everyone on the green infrastructure front! Our partner Green for All hosted an event in Edmonston, MD this morning (Thursday, Dec. 15th) which featured Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Nancy Stoner, EPA’s acting Assistant Administrator for Water, to celebrate the innovative green street in the town as well as highlight the report Green for… Read more »