Protecting Rivers & Your Clean Water
The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Town of Troy and American Rivers, worked to remove a dam on Denson’s Creek in Montgomery County, NC a week ago (Tues, Sept 11). The dam was built by the Town of Troy over 50 years ago to provide water supply, but it had long since stopped serving that purpose. Removing the dam will restore and reconnect habitat for several rare mussels and other high priority species.Read more »
Last week on the way home from a conference in Ellensburg, Washington put on by the Washington State section of the American Water Resources Association (a great organization the Washingtonians among you might consider joining after you make sure your American Rivers membership is up to date), I felt the need to get outside and experience a real river after talking about them indoors for two days.Read more »
I can remember visiting my grandmother in Memphis and going to Mud Island on the Mississippi River to wade through the concrete, scaled model of the Mississippi River Basin, seeing how all of the different tributaries and states connected. An impressive model given that the river drains 40% of the country – and suffers from correspondingly big pollution problems.Read more »
Personally, I love a cold beer after a float down the river. And you certainly can’t call yourself a “beer lover” without recognizing how important clean water is to the production of that bit of frothy goodness.Read more »
Healthy rivers and vibrant cities go together – a Gallup poll reported that people who are more satisfied with their cities are those with access to clean and safe water. Like our work in Milwaukee, using rain gardens, green roofs and other approaches to treat and reuse water on-site creates cleaner water by reducing pollution and sewer overflows, and also improves public health, reduces local flooding and enhances drinking water supplies.Read more »
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 and spend a lot of my time working on less visible forms of water pollution (like stormwater runoff), it still shocked me how visibly polluted the Willamette was not that long ago.
A couple weeks ago I joined Scott Willoughby of the Denver Post on a float fishing trip on the Green River in the remote Norhtwest corner of Colorado. Few people know about or have much less fished this section of one of the west’s most iconic trout rivers. We were drawn there because of rumors of big trout, beautiful scenery, and solitude. We found all three.Read more »