Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or pipedream?

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Waves of torrential rainfall drenched California into the new year. Snowpacks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have swelled to more than 200 percent their normal size, and snowfall across the rest of the Colorado River Basin is trending above average, too. While the much-needed waterContinue Reading

California is lone holdout in Colorado River cuts proposal

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Six Western states that rely on water from the Colorado River have agreed on a model to dramatically cut water use in the basin, months after the federal government called for action and an initial deadline passed. California — with the largest allocation of water fromContinue Reading

Our Magnificent River Basin | Myrtle Beach, SC

It is easy to forget that we live in the third-largest river basin in the Eastern United States. Unless your work, business, or daily activities are directly related to pursuits on the water, many of us take this important resource for granted. The Winyah Bay near Georgetown is the coastalContinue Reading


NAIROBI, Kenya — Vultures scavenge for dead animals along a river turned sewer conduit in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Its waters turn from clear to black as it traverses informal settlements and industrial hubs. The river and its tributaries cross Kibera, known as Africa’s largest slum with close to 200,000 residents,Continue Reading

Balkan activists keep fighting for Europe's last wild rivers

Granting ‘rights’ to rivers and forests has been embraced by environmentalists. But to understand its effectiveness, we must first look closely at the law. The Whanganui River in New Zealand wanders from its wellspring on the slopes of a volcano in the centre of the north island to theContinue Reading

Fires, floods, the Colorado River and climate change

The year was eventful for the northern Arizona environment. Fires, floods and drought dominated the news cycle as the consequences of climate change became more visible and disruptive. Within the turmoil, Flagstaff and Coconino County demonstrated remarkable resilience through community response and fast-acting pursuit of solutions. Meanwhile, sea changes inContinue Reading

Flowing like a braided river, not a pipeline

This article by Eileen Boekestein, EGLE’s environmental education coordinator, originally appeared in the North American Association for Environmental Education’s blog. It is republished with permission. In sixth grade, I asked my teachers why I wasn’t allowed to play in the creek at school. They told me it wasn’t safe, andContinue Reading