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River otter by Flickr's ArcheiaMuriel

World Wetlands Day: How About A Little Respect for the Waters We Depend On?

2/2/2012 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone? They pave paradise and put up a parking lot.” Joni Mitchell first sang this lament in 1970 – at the dawn of the environmental […] Read more >

California Sea Otter

It’s Time to Renew America’s Commitment to Clean Water

1/11/2012 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

Our nation’s investment in clean water began forty years ago with the 1972 Clean Water Act – a bi-partisan congressional commitment to end the flagrant pollution of rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Republicans and Democrats alike recognized that to clean […] Read more >

New EPA Report Looks Toxic for Pebble Mine

1/9/2012 // By Nic Callero

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency released a report detailing the entirety of known toxic chemical releases throughout the Pacific Northwest in 2010. The report results- startling, The Alaska results- shocking. The EPA reports that Alaska mining operations account for […] Read more >

Florida Panther

Proposed Riders an Assault to Wildlife

12/12/2011 // By Robyn Carmichael

With the holidays right around the corner, House Republican leaders are scrambling to fulfill the last-minute wish lists of their good friends, big polluters. Knowing that Congress must pass the federal spending bills before year’s end in order to continue […] Read more >

Small Stream Leading to the Green River outside of Auburn, WA Photo by: Bryn Fluharty

The Nation’s Water Under Attack

12/1/2011 // By Bryn Fluharty

Clean water is an essential part of life. We use it for drinking, bathing, cooking and recreation. Currently our law makers are threatening our clean water by trying to reduce the impact of the Clean Water Act by taking away […] Read more >

Come Heller or Clean Water: Dirty Water Rider Tries to Drown the Clean Water Act

11/17/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

There’s another nasty assault on America’s wetlands, waters and wildlife. The Dirty Water Rider, designed to handcuff the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, is creeping its way through the Senate. This misguided amendment, introduced  by Senators […] Read more >

USFWS: 1st place winner of a single wood duck. By Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota.

Running A-Fowl of Conservation: 2012 Duck Stamp Highlights Need to Protect Wetlands

10/31/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Every duck hunter and bird watcher in America will be able to spot more waterfowl in their local post offices and sporting goods stores. The upcoming 2012 Duck Stamp will feature a wood duck in all of its colorful, iridescent […] Read more >

White River

Happy Birthday Clean Water Act

10/18/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

One of our nation’s bedrock environmental safeguards, the Clean Water Act, is 39 years old. This historic legislation was born in 1972 through strong bi-partisan support in Congress, and helped make many of our water bodies safe and clean. Unfortunately, […] Read more >

Stepping Up for Salmon

9/28/2011 // By Robyn Carmichael

Living in Seattle, the critical role that wild Alaskan salmon play in our state’s culture and economy is clear. Salmon are a staple of our regional cuisine and the source of thousands of jobs. But these benefits reach far beyond […] Read more >

Northern pintails by Larry Hitchens

Ready to Fight the Stealth Attack on Wildlife? Part Two: Northern Pintails

8/24/2011 // By Laura Tangley

It’s easy to see why the northern pintail is known as the “greyhound of the air.” A long, slender, small-headed and long-necked duck—propelled by narrow, elongated wings—the sleek pintail seems designed for speed. This quick and graceful flier stands out easily […] Read more >