Protecting Rivers & Your Clean Water
American Rivers would like to congratulate the National River Cleanup® Clean Sweep of the Great Miami participants for receiving the votes to be chosen as the best cleanup photo of 2012!
Alan Hale, from Logan County Solid Waste District in Ohio, submitted this photo of long-time volunteer Dan Branson hauling in a huge tractor tire! Dan’s tire was only one of 49 tires and 1.4 tons of trash removed by 40 volunteers from their section of the Great Miami River in Ohio. That equates to over 70 pounds removed per volunteer!
Remember back in good old 2011, when the Missouri River flooded like crazy and everyone wondered if it would ever stop? Boy did it stop in 2012! The flood has been nearly forgotten with the massive drought conditions across the Midwest. In 2012, American Rivers listed the Missouri River as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. It truly continues to be endangered.Read more »
Is climate change finally back in the conversation? Last week climate was a key theme in many political conversations within the Administration and on the Hill. In President Obama’s inauguration speech, climate was front and center.Read more »
We have had great response to our first-ever Adopt-an-Otter campaign—thank you for making this project a big success.Read more »
Last week, a study from the University of Minnesota found that increasing amounts of triclosan, an anti-microbial ingredient used in soaps, toothpastes, and even some over-the-counter drugs, were present in lakes across Minnesota. Researchers studied sediment cores from the bottoms of eight different lakes and found that levels of triclosan and its byproducts increased after its release into the market in the 1970s. When people use shampoo, toothpaste, or soap that contains triclosan, it gets washed into drains and to our wastewater infrastructure.Read more »
I started whitewater canoeing 35 years ago. I’ve paddled hundreds of rivers over thousands of trips. I can only recall abandoning a planned trip for two reasons, OK three— once I had to carry my boat out in pieces once after shredding it in a rock sieve. The other two: insurmountable wind conditions for my strength and pollution. This story is about pollution. The other stories can be saved for the camp fire.Read more »
Here, where I live in North Carolina, our drinking water comes from streams and rivers, like Cane Creek, and Bolin Creek, right near our house flows into Lake Jordan, a regional water supply. And this is true for many of us – the majority of Americans get their drinking water from surface water, including streams and rivers, and so keeping our rivers clean and flowing is critical for reliable supplies.Read more »