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The Gold King mine disaster fouled rivers in the Southwest. Photo by Tom McNamara, La Plata County Office of Emergency Management

Hard-Rock Mining Law Stuck in the Past

On Aug. 5, 2015, an estimated 3 million gallons of heavy-metal-laden mine wastewater washed down the San Juan Mountains into southwest Colorado’s Animas River. The water turned a sickly mustard yellow all …

Learning to Cast
photo Michael O'Leary

Raising Salmon in the Classroom

Every fall and spring, the National Wildlife Federation’s Oregon affiliate, the Association of Northwest Steelheaders pick up fish eggs from local hatcheries and deliver them to excited elementary students as …

Photo by Spencer Neuharth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Why It’s Tough for Fish in the Susquehanna These Days

If you’re a smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, chances are you’re pretty lonely these days. After a population crash in 2005 where fewer young bass were surviving …

Brook Trout and other cold water game fish are vulnerable to a warming climate (credit: USFWS)

Protecting Wildlife From Toxic Discharges

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final amended rule to protect waters from coal power plants’ discharges. These plants contribute about thirty percent of all toxic pollutants discharged to surface waters. NWF applauds the EPA’s …

Little has been done to address the problem of old and abandoned hard-rock mines a year after the Gold King mine disaster that fouled rivers in the Southwest. Photo by Tom McNamara, La Plata County Office of Emergency Management

What We Can Learn from the Colorado Mine Waste Spill

Dogs playing on the beach. Photo by Abby Barber

Meet Your Pets’ Wild Relatives

An egret in flight over the Bombay Hooke National Wildlife Refuge. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kim Taylor.

6 Wildlife Facts for World Wetlands Day

New Mexicans worked for years to see the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks named a national monument. Image: Patrick J. Alexander

National monuments matter to Americans — Preserve the Antiquities Act

Top-down or grassroots — it’s all a matter of perspective. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho has introduced a bill, S. 228, to block presidents from establishing national monuments. In a news release, …

Brook trout_Flickr USFWS Northeast Region

Virginia’s Impacted Communities Speak Out at Lobby Day

The United States Senate recently voted on legislation related to climate change. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of my home state of Virginia stood with the majority of their …

Supporters of making Colorado's Brown Canyon a national monument hope that President Obama will approve a designation. Photo courtesy of Friends of Browns Canyon.

Monumental Push Made to Protect Colorado’s Browns Canyon

Coloradans and people from across the country who flock to Browns Canyon for its renowned whitewater rafting are hoping the area 140 miles southwest of Denver will soon become the …

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