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A small turtle surrounded by water takes in some sun atop a clump of grass and mud.

Continuing Sackett v. EPA into 2023 and the Potential Impact on Environmental Justice

This blog is the third in a three-part series. Here are the first and second parts. Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency challenges both the authority and the integrity of the … Read more

A water fowl with feathers of black, white, gray, and brown is sitting in the water.

Clean water is a public right, but it is also…

This blog is the second in a three-part series. Here are the first and third parts. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) held opening arguments on Sackett v. … Read more

Great Western Trail (South of Big Mountain Pass)

Urban Water Providers Protect Water for Wildlife

For over a century, the Wasatch Mountainous expanse of Little Cottonwood, Big Cottonwood, Parleys, and City Creek Canyons has served as Salt Lake City’s municipal watersheds, one of the oldest … Read more

Mine-scarred Land and Orange Rivers–a Story of Land Degradation and Reclamation in Pennsylvania

Over 5,000 abandoned underground mines dot the landscape in Pennsylvania. And although these underground channels are near invisible from the surface, there is one identifying factor you can’t miss. Bright … Read more

Sackett property

The Saga Continues: The Sacketts, the Lawsuit, and the Clean Water Act

This blog is the first in a three-part series. Here are the second and third parts. In 2004 an Idaho couple, Chantell and Mike Sackett, purchased a plot of land, … Read more

brook trout

Clean Water Advocacy in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Everyone wants it. It provides countless benefits to public health, local economies, and quality of life. With it, wildlife thrives, communities flourish, and anglers smile. I’m talking of course, about … Read more

Fire, Water, and Public Watersheds

Almost a year has passed since Oregon woke up to red, Martian skies. The smoke has cleared but anxiety is still thick in the air. On Sept. 8, 2020, extreme … Read more

Bipartisan Defense Bill Begins to Address Toxic PFAS Chemicals

For over fifty years, the U.S. military has used firefighting foam containing high concentrations of dangerous chemicals. The military’s heavy use of aqueous film-forming foam (“AFFF”) has resulted in widespread … Read more

Can Cities Capture Too Much Water?

Returning items to circulation has more than one meaning at the Central Library in Austin, Texas. In addition to holding thousands of books (and seeds!), this much-celebrated community project captures … Read more

NW Forging a Collaborative Course of Action for Snake River Salmon

Hot water is killing cold-water fish. This isn’t news. Scientists have agreed for some time that warming river temperatures are a critical threat to Columbia and Snake River salmon. What … Read more