Survey Says Water Is More Important than Gas

Are people concerned about potential impacts of natural gas development on their water?  Yes they are.  The nonprofit Civil Society Institute has released results from a new survey about people’s opinions on natural gas development.  This is the first national poll to gauge the attitudes of Americans on the subject.  In addition to the national… Read more »

Busy Week for Natural Gas Across the Country

Well pad | Credit: Ecoflight   There has been a lot of activity across the country this week as states grapple with the most appropriate ways to deal with the natural gas boom.  Here are some highlights: For America’s Most Endangered River® of 2011, the Susquehanna River, local activists surprised the Commissioners of the Susquehanna… Read more »

Hurricane Irene Underscores Need For Better Preparation

Over the past week Mother Nature has done a fine job of reminding those of us on the East Coast that she’s the one that’s really in charge. Between the earthquake that shocked us all, and Hurricane Irene still wreaking havoc as it moves up the east coast, we’re reminded that as much as we… Read more »

Susquehanna Listing Sparks Oversight Controversy

On Tuesday, American Rivers listed the Susquehanna River as America’s Most Endangered River because we are concerned about the threat of natural gas development in the watershed. Why are we concerned? Because drilling permits are being issued like gangbusters, and this river provides drinking water to more than 6 million people. The Susquehanna is one… Read more »

Connecting Communities to Their River

A guest post from Linda Cox, Executive Director for The Bronx River Alliance. Bronx River Flotilla | Credit: Bronx River Alliance Today on a 23-mile river in New York, a group of old friends, including American River’s own Jenny Hoffner—along with Majora Carter, Alexie Torres-Fleming and Dart Westphal—will be honored as the founding visionaries of… Read more »

Is radioactive water making you glow, or are you just happy to see me?

While Gasland was busy making a run for an Oscar this weekend, the New York Times published a front page article on the dangers of hydrofracking.  A radioactive exposé, if you will.  In an effort to lay the electric green glowing data out on the table, Times journalist Ian Urbina discussed his illuminating natural gas journey over the… Read more »

The Mad Hatter Resides at ORSANCO

A proposal change to water quality standards for the Ohio River could result in eight states permitting the discharge of greater amounts of mercury into the river. Mercury earned the nickname “mad hatter” because hat makers exposed to the toxin suffered neurologic damage. Today, the pollutant is emitted by coal fired power plants which allow… Read more »

New York State Governor Paterson’s New Executive Order May Put Communities at Risk of Dam Failure

Albany— An Executive Order (EO-17), recently signed by New York’s Governor David Paterson, to relieve property taxes could result in increased dam failures in communities statewide.  Per the order, the critical responsibilities of governmental dam owners may be “unfunded mandates” of questionable community investment.  Stephanie Lindloff, River Restoration Program Director for American Rivers, made the… Read more »