NPCA's Park Advocate » Focus on Water News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 22 May 2015 14:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Years of Abuse and Overuse Make the Colorado River the Most Endangered River of 2013 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:48:09 +0000 This year’s Most Endangered Rivers report from American Rivers makes one thing clear: It is not sustainable for a single river to support 36 million people. That’s the situation today for the Colorado River. Though millions use its water, it is already so over-tapped that it now dries up to a trickle before reaching the […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: Celebrating World Water Day with Major Everglades Milestone Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:47:29 +0000 Today, March 22, we celebrate World Water Day. Officially sanctioned by the United Nations, this year’s theme is water cooperation, which recognizes the need to balance demands and priorities among multiple players involved in water management decisions. Much of Everglades restoration is about water cooperation and finding appropriate management solutions to meet the many needs […]]]> 1 Focus on Water: Celebrating Everglades Victories and Looking Forward Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:33:11 +0000 Everglades champions and advocates convened earlier this month in Coral Gables, Florida, for the 28th annual Everglades Coalition Conference–an event that unites hundreds of people who are working to restore America’s Everglades. Looking back over recent years and at the opportunities that lie ahead, there is a lot to celebrate. Under the leadership of NPCA’s […]]]> 1 Focus on Water: Celebrating the Clean Water Act’s 40th Anniversary Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:30:01 +0000 Forty years ago today, Congress overrode a veto from President Nixon to officially make the Clean Water Act the nation’s law for protecting one of our most precious and irreplaceable resources. This landmark legislation is the reason why we are able to enjoy the many activities that we do today on our rivers, streams, and […]]]> 1 Focus on Water: National Parks Play Vital Role in Restoring Great Lakes Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:34:33 +0000 Our national parks on the Great Lakes offer 620 miles of shoreline, beaches, dunes, and wetlands. These parks–like Sleeping Bear Dunes along Lake Michigan, Isle Royale in Lake Superior, and Perry’s Victory in Lake Erie–have tremendous biological, historical, and recreational value for the more than six million people that visit each year. And these national […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: Living Wild in the Wake of Captain John Smith Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:50:46 +0000 Vibrant greenways, rugged trail systems, and urban swimming holes—these features make river towns in America wild locations to visit. But this year’s #1 “Best River Town in America” ranked by Outside magazine is Richmond, Virginia, a mid-size city along the James River that is part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Outside […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: New GeoStory Highlights Park Champions Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:42:56 +0000 Summer officially begins today, and with it comes long, hot days with many hours of sunlight. It’s a time when outside activities—especially those involving water—reign supreme. In celebration of summer, we invite you to get to know 12 park champions who are restoring, conserving, and educating others about our national waters and our national parks. […]]]> 0 Three Endangered Rivers, Countless Memories Wed, 23 May 2012 12:31:55 +0000 American Rivers recently released its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. Although its methodology is imprecise, the report highlights real and serious threats the rivers could face this year that would change their fate for years to come. The top three rivers hold special significance to me personally, and to the national parks that […]]]> 4 Focus on Water: A Great Boost for Our Great Lakes Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:10:20 +0000 Last week, I joined about 80 fellow Great Lakes residents as special guests of the White House to talk about the tremendous progress we’ve made toward restoring our lakes. There is still a lot of work to do, but consider this: President Obama has invested more than $1 billion in cleaning up the lakes. These […]]]> 0