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Joining together to clean up the Bay

Posted December 22, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Curbing Pollution

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Growing up in Virginia, I gained an early appreciation of the region's farming history. The rich soils through the Piedmont and the Shenandoah Valley (where my family lived) have nurtured crops and livestock for hundreds of years, and it's not...continued

Green Infrastructure Is Cheaper, So Let’s Remove the Hurdles

Posted December 9, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Health and the Environment

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The EPA is gathering information to support new rules that will help prevent dirty stormwater from ending up in our rivers and beaches. While they might sound like obscure regulations, they could in fact help change our built landscape, our waterways--and our...continued

Philadelphia Has Ambitious Plan to Solve the Sewage Problems Described by the New York Times

Posted November 24, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Health and the Environment

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On Monday, the New York Times ran an excellent article about the amount of raw sewage that flows into the city's waterways during rainstorms. I welcome the piece; like the other articles in the paper's series on water pollution, it...continued

Study Confirms that Green Spaces Are Good for People, Not Just Fish

Posted November 12, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Health and the Environment

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Sometimes when people learn that my job is to help clean America's waterways, they assume I care about more about fish than people. The truth is that the best way to keep dirty stormwater and other urban pollution out of our rivers...continued

EPA unveils new federal strategy for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay

Posted November 9, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Curbing Pollution

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Today, after several weeks of obtaining public comment, officials from EPA released a final strategy to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The strategy follows an Executive Order from President Obama in June that challenged federal agencies to better...continued

Chesapeake Bay water – and users – to benefit from Senate bill

Posted October 19, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., has introduced a bill to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Standing at Sandy Point State Park, a popular beach destination that has been plagued in the past with periodic episodes of bacteria pollution, I could...continued

New NRDC Report Outlines Federal Remedy to Save the Chesapeake Bay

Posted October 8, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Curbing Pollution

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Today, NRDC is releasing Seizing a Watershed Opportunity in the Chesapeake Bay, our report tracking the decline in the Chesapeake Bay's water quality. The report makes it clear that this is a pivotal time for the Bay. The Obama Administration,...continued

The Senate’s Climate Bill Must Support Water Adaptation

Posted September 28, 2009 by Nancy Stoner

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On Wednesday, Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer plan to unveil the Senate's version of climate change legislation, a counterpart to the bill that passed in the House of Representatives this past June. A lot of the attention surrounding the...continued

Cleaning Up Animal Waste

Posted September 21, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Curbing Pollution

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Charles Duhigg from the New York Times has written another excellent article on the Clean Water Act - this time on the massive feedlots that dump untreated animal waste into lagoons where it seeps into groundwater, onto vast waste fields...continued

Feds to Release Plan to Clean Up Chesapeake Bay

Posted September 10, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today, officials from EPA, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture will be releasing reports with a series of recommendations to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The reports are called for under an Executive Order,...continued

A Surprise Way to Keep Our Beaches Clean: Pass a Climate Bill

Posted September 1, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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For the more than two decades I have been working to clean up our nation's beaches and waterways, the Clean Water Act has been the primary tool of my trade. But this year, I have a new solution to turn...continued

Best Urban Beaches

Posted August 27, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Curbing Pollution, Reviving the World's Oceans

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As an urban dweller and water advocate, I love The Huffington Post's contest to rank the best city beaches in the United States. It's true that many of our coastal cities boast some spectacular, easily accessible beaches. But all too...continued

With Beach Closings on the Rise, It's Time to Pioneer Clean Water Solutions

Posted August 10, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Health and the Environment

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I spent most of last week talking to reporters about NRDC's 19th annual beachwater quality report, Testing the Waters. I walked them through our findings: that that there were more than 20,000 times when beaches were deemed unhealthy for swimming--mostly...continued

A Bold New Idea Could Change How We Manage Water

Posted July 30, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Curbing Pollution

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This week the Aspen Institute released a groundbreaking report that should help transform the way America looks at our water system. When most people hear the term "water infrastructure," they tend to think of pipes, drains, and maybe a water...continued

NRDC's Beach report out today

Posted July 29, 2009 by Nancy Stoner in Curbing Pollution

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NRDC's 19th Annual Beach Report, 5-Star Guide to 200 U.S. Beaches Out Today When you're daydreaming about a trip to the shore this summer - I'm guessing human or animal waste in the waves that can send you running to...continued

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