Category Archives: watersheds

Dumping of toxins on Native Americans’ land OK (?)

NPR reported this story. Check out the lovely, scenic photo that accompanies the on-line version of the reporting. Wow.

No end to legal battle aver Nevada forest road and fish

Journalist Scott Sonner has been writing about conservation and fish and wildlife for a lot of years. I remember seeing his byline on stories moving on the Associated Press wire during my tenure at a Pennsylvania daily newspaper. In any case, the battle he writes about in this article has been going on just as long and it highlights what a road can do to fish and wildlife habitat.

Most U.S. waters are polluted and getting worse, PEER says

Hurricane Sandy has generated sewage overflows and storm-water run-off that is transforming many Eastern Seaboard waters into toxic soup, too hazardous to even touch. But many of these waters were already profoundly polluted, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures re-posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). You can learn more about the sordid mess at this link. Go for it.

 

Running out of water – across the nation

Americans, especially in the southern Great Plains states, are finding out the hard way just how valuable water is to life today. It’s not pretty, but the descriptions in this article are full of grit and despair.

Conservancy, NY State acquire, protect key wetland complex near Lake Champlain

This is a big deal in an area of the lake’s watershed where developers continue to to destroy natural area after natural area, all in the name of “progress.”

Agency chief: Vermont misdirected waterway restoration after Irene

This is the kind of thing that makes a lot of people doubt the efficacy of a whole bunch of government policies and regulations. And Vermont was not alone in doing the wrong thing after that epic storm. New York State did a low of the same misdirected chores, even in the Adirondacks, after the big rain event.

Almost everywhere state of Va. looks, waters are polluted

The finding is hardly unexpected for a state in which the acreage of “paved over land” grows daily.