Fracking in a Floodplain

Photo by Don Williams When American Rivers named 2011 The Year of the River, we never envisioned that the rivers would be showing themselves in such force across the country this summer. Who needs a parade when you can see cars floating down Main Street? Our recent encounters with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee… Read more »

How Dams Are Removed

This video clip shows a portion of the removal process for the Harmony Junction Dam on Connoquenessing Creek north of Pittsburgh, removed in 2009 to provide fish passage, increase boating access, to eliminate a public safety hazard, and minimize flooding in the area. First the contractor uses a hydraulic hammer mounted on a track-hoe to… Read more »

Swimming in Slime Underscores Need for Smart Clean Water Protections

Green slime covering up your local swimming hole?  Seems that Senator Inhofe (R-OK) found his own Grand Lake covered in algae. After swimming in the muck, the Senator became really sick. Blue-green algae are known to cause respiratory illness, skin irritation and diarrhea and tend to flourish in times of drought when water is warm… Read more »

Do you care about the Susquehanna River? Tell the SRBC.

Actually, I know that many of you do care about the Susquehanna River because you showed us your support when we named it America’s Most Endangered River of 2011. You’ll recall that the Susquehanna earned this unfortunate distinction due to the threat of rapid natural gas development in the watershed.  If you don’t live in the… Read more »

A Tale of Two Shale States’ Response

On July 26, the Wall Street Journal issued an editorial entitled “A Tale of Two Shale States.”  I disagree with the editors on this issue, and this is why: Fat pockets are useless if you die of thirst. The commentary presented in “A Tale of Two Shale States” covers a very narrow point of view on… Read more »

Pennsylvania supports Philadelphia plan for green infrastructure

In my recent blog, I mentioned Philadelphia’s “Green City, Clean Water” plan “ to develop sustainable water management and minimize costs for water treatment caused in part by stormwater run-off from the city’s broad expanse of pavement, rooftops and sidewalks.” On one hand it’s an innovative and ambitious plan. .. On the other hand, “Green… Read more »

Reaching Out for Clean Water in Philly

Today I want to give a shout out to the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). It is becoming increasingly apparent to me that one of the many investments they have made in pursuit of “Green City Clean Water” is a bold outreach campaign. Recently, I’ve received invitations to support the PWD budget, attend forums on urban… 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 »