NPCA's Park Advocate » Focus on Water News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:43:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saving Shores Saves Money Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:02:00 +0000 Close your eyes and imagine a national park. Did you think of mountains, towering redwoods, dense forests, or perhaps the sublime rock formations at places like the Grand Canyon? What many people don’t immediately associate with national parks are the sandy beaches, sapphire waters, and sparkling vistas of the coastal world. Surprisingly, one in four national park areas has a coast. The […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: Florida Ups the Ante in Everglades Restoration with $90 Million Funding Surprise Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:12:57 +0000 Disastrous flooding in South Florida is making the news again as water from Lake Okeechobee overflows and is released through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. Unfortunately, this is something that we see all too often in the region—the water that should naturally flow south from Lake Okeechobee is trapped by man-made barriers and confined to […]]]> 0 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 Take Action to Protect Yosemite Valley’s Wild and Scenic Merced River Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:19:19 +0000 There are few places better known or more loved than Yosemite National Park. As a transplated Californian originally from Iowa, it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I first emerged from the park’s famous Tunnel View to the jaw-dropping, iconic sight of El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls rising from the Valley floor and Half […]]]> 1 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: Celebrating National Water Quality Month Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:56:22 +0000 Did you know that August is National Water Quality Month? It makes a lot of sense to draw attention to the importance of having clean water during a month when people are enjoying rivers, lakes, and oceans across the country. Waterways in and around national parks provide some of the best recreational opportunities –whether you’re […]]]> 0