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Fish kills, like this one in Illinois' Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, can result from hypoxia, or oxygen depletion, a common cause of which is algal blooms.  NOAA photo

For the Love of Fish: The Problems of Blooming Algae and Mass Death at Sea

8/11/2014 // By Russell Bassett

The current blue-green algal bloom in Lake Erie that forced the city of Toledo to not have drinking water for several days and the massive red-tide algal bloom off Florida’s Coast that has already killed thousands of marine animals has put a much-needed …


Saving the Delaware River Basin

8/8/2014 // By Shweta Reddy

Can you see yourself relaxing in the Chesapeake Bay or a river on a hot summer’s day: the way the water gently nudges your feet and toes while you’re lounging on a floatie? Many people don’t know how important the …

Sportsmen, especially those that duck hunt and fish, are a vitally important voice that must be engaged to enact the proposed Clean Water Act rule.  Photo by Steve Woodruff (NWF Staff)

Stand with Sportsmen and Conservationists for Clean Water

7/1/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Whether you’re an angler, hunter or wildlife viewer — or, perhaps like many of us, are all three — you understand the importance of watery habitats for wildlife.  These habitats not only include the obvious, such as larger rivers and …


Protecting Wildlife from Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms

5/15/2014 // By Michael Murray

With spring here and summer on the way, many outdoor opportunities beckon, in particular recreation out on our lakes, rivers and streams. But warmer and longer days also mean the potential for a significant water problem: harmful algal blooms. These …

A stream in Mount Rainier National Park. Photo: NPS/Crow Vecchio

7 Reasons to Protect America’s Waters

5/1/2014 // By Lacey McCormick

The Administration has published a proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections to America’s most vulnerable streams and wetlands. Unfortunately, this proposal is already coming under attack from the mining industry and others unwilling to take responsibility for polluting and …

Wood frog by Dave Huth.

5 Frogs Coming to a Pond Near You

3/19/2014 // By Dani Tinker

The beginning of spring signals the return of frogs to local vernal pools, streams, and wetlands. Frogs are amphibians, which means “double life,” because they live part of their lives on land, and part of it in water. That means …

Hellbender salamander photo by Flickr user KErry Wixted.

The Hellbender Salamander – Our Most Bizarre National Treasure

3/18/2014 // By Guest Author

The hellbender is an animal of contradictions. It has lungs, but is not an air breather. Young hellbenders are fish food, but adults swallow fish whole. Sometimes hellbenders eat other hellbenders. During the breeding season, a single male vigilantly guards …

Contaminated groundwater. Photo courtesy Earthworks.

Tribes Demand Responsible Mining and Clean Water

1/15/2014 // By Tony Turrini

This week, leaders and environmental staff members from eight tribes and tribal organizations are flying to Washington, D.C. to ask the Obama Administration to address a problem that impacts us all.  Mining companies are discharging huge quantities of untreated, toxic waste …


Struggling Moose Now Face a Toxic New Threat

1/15/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Several moose populations are struggling in places where this majestic animal was once a common sight.  In New Hampshire, the number of moose has dipped to fewer than 5,000 across the state and a population in northeastern Minnesota is declining …

LA black bear

Congress Holds the Fate of Your Rivers, Coasts and Wetlands in Their Hands!

1/10/2014 // By Robyn Fischer

At this very moment members of Congress are in the process of finalizing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a bill which authorizes the study and construction of new water projects, and makes policy changes to the way the U.S. …