If Congress passes the proposed hydropower bill, an energy company operating the Conowingo Dam gets to pass the costs of dealing with the dam’s pollution along to taxpayers.
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 »
Earlier this week, an entire section of the Beltway surrounding Washington, DC was shut down after a 54-inch water main broke and flooded the highway, snarling traffic and leaving 400,00 residents without water. Helicopter footage shows what looks like a river flowing over the road, turning over cars and destroying nearby businesses and homes. On… Read more »
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 »
2015 has been a great year for National River Cleanup! Because of the hard work of all the cleanup coordinators and volunteers, communities have cleaner rivers, safer drinking water, and more scenic waterways for all to enjoy. Now it’s time to look back over the highlights and get ready for next year.
Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading organization fighting to protect and restore rivers, will benefit from funds raised by Aveda stores, salons, and institutes across the mid-Atlantic region during Earth Month. Participating Aveda locations in DC, DE, MD, and VA are launching a variety of events, from cut-a-thons, and wine tastings, to ‘tip’… Read more »
If you live and work in the Washington, DC area, this year’s number one Most Endangered River may hit closer to home than you might think. The Potomac River provides drinking water for over 5 million people in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Enough so that the odds are pretty good that if you drank a… Read more »
How has the Clean Water Act impacted your life? For those of us who were born before the Clean Water Act was passed into law in 1972, we interpret this law through the eyes of the Baby Boomers Generation. Charles River, MA | BostonPhotoSphere The River Charles, as we called it, is a long, lazy river… Read more »
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 »
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 »