Sections of the Little Colorado River in northern Arizona are ephemeral, flowing most frequently during the spring to accommodate snowmelt runoff or during the summer monsoon season. In this view, the river is at flood stage, with water cascading over the falls. Dale Nations/Flickr CC What happens to part of a river network affects all of … Read more New rules limiting clean water protections ignore stream science
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is committed to repealing and replacing the Clean Water Rule with a weaker standard that would ultimately hurt the health of our waterways and our families. “Trump’s EPA and their Republican allies in Congress are attacking the safeguards that keep our water clean.” FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images From our colleagues at … Read more Trump administration continues to threaten drinking water safety
The Trump/Pruitt team has released its roadmap for EPA. What is strategic planning? A systematic process of envisioning a desired future, and translating this vision into broadly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them. Strategic plans create a framework for accountability between the Agency, Congress and the American people. … Read more Pruitt’s Strategic Plan for EPA – and Why It Matters
Scott Pruitt came to Colorado on August 4th to visit the Gold King Mine. His companions, Senators Cory Gardner & Michael Bennet, Representative Scott Tipton, and Governor John Hickenlooper, held a town hall in Durango following their visit to the mine. Pruitt skipped out. There were folks outside the town hall who wanted to ask … Read more Pruitt’s Hypocritical Visit to the Gold King Mine
Withdrawal of Clean Water Act protections for Bristol Bay, Alaska (Pebble Mine) Comment by October 17 The Trump Administration is proposing to reverse restrictions on discharge of mining wastes in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, the largest sockeye salmon spawning area in the world. The proposal was published July 19, 2017. The public comment period is … Read more Defending Bristol Bay
History of the Clean Water Act Cuyahoga River – then and now In 1969 the Cuyahoga River in Ohio burst into flames. Time magazine’s photos of the burning river noted that it was so saturated with sewage and industrial waste that it “oozes rather than flows.” A record number of fish kills were also recorded … Read more The CLEAN WATER RULE – Why “Navigability” Matters
Comment by August 28 The Trump Administration wants to remove Clean Water Act protections from two million miles of waterways and millions of acres of wetlands. Rollback of this rule would put drinking water at risk for 117 million Americans. The public comment period is ongoing; comments must be received on or before 11:59 pm … Read more Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) Comment Period Open
It’s time to put the blame for mining pollution where it belongs – on the mining industry, not EPA.
Pollution from legacy hard rock metal mining present a daunting legacy for the American West.