NPCA's Park Advocate » Great Waters http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:57:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What Lies Beneath http://parkadvocate.org/what-lies-beneath/ http://parkadvocate.org/what-lies-beneath/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:16:30 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7104 Ever wonder what lies beneath Lake Michigan? Emily Tyner, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been working for the past five years to find out. Her innovative new program harnesses the power of citizen scientists to study the relationship between aquatic invasive species in Lake Michigan and a troubling epidemic that is […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/what-lies-beneath/feed/ 3 Transmission Lines in Everglades National Park? No Thanks! http://parkadvocate.org/transmission-lines-in-everglades-national-park-no-thanks/ http://parkadvocate.org/transmission-lines-in-everglades-national-park-no-thanks/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 14:13:38 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5701 Imagine Everglades National Park, and what comes to mind? For many people—even those who have never set foot in the park—the mere mention of its name is synonymous with breathtaking, unspoiled waters. The park is part of one of the largest wetlands in the world, supporting a complex series of ecosystems, including cypress swamps, mangrove […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/transmission-lines-in-everglades-national-park-no-thanks/feed/ 0 Better Than Fiction http://parkadvocate.org/better-than-fiction-the-true-life-story-of-a-high-seas-adventurer/ http://parkadvocate.org/better-than-fiction-the-true-life-story-of-a-high-seas-adventurer/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 13:55:40 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5392 Imagine you’re 27 years old. You’re a talented military strategist and an accomplished soldier. In fact, you have dueled the strongest and bravest of your enemies—and won—repeatedly. You’ve been captured as a prisoner of war and sold as a slave. You’ve been a mercenary and a pirate. You’ve won yourself a coat of arms and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/better-than-fiction-the-true-life-story-of-a-high-seas-adventurer/feed/ 0 Clean Water Is the Solution, Not the Problem http://parkadvocate.org/clean-water-is-the-solution-not-the-problem/ http://parkadvocate.org/clean-water-is-the-solution-not-the-problem/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:07:40 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4903 Everyone has a right to clean water. Recently, 21 states—many located hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from the Chesapeake—joined the Farm Bureau in efforts to derail the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, a plan for restoring clean water in Chesapeake streams and rivers that went into effect last year. Why? Because elected officials […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/clean-water-is-the-solution-not-the-problem/feed/ 0 Focus on Water: Florida Ups the Ante in Everglades Restoration with $90 Million Funding Surprise http://parkadvocate.org/focus-on-water-florida-ups-the-ante-in-everglades-restoration-with-90-million-funding-surprise/ http://parkadvocate.org/focus-on-water-florida-ups-the-ante-in-everglades-restoration-with-90-million-funding-surprise/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:12:57 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4021 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/focus-on-water-florida-ups-the-ante-in-everglades-restoration-with-90-million-funding-surprise/feed/ 0 A Q&A with NPCA’s New Acting President on Transition and Opportunity http://parkadvocate.org/a-qa-with-npcas-new-acting-president-on-transition-and-opportunity/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-qa-with-npcas-new-acting-president-on-transition-and-opportunity/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 16:17:19 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=3320 The journalist Linda Ellerbee once said, “What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’” This week, even as NPCA says goodbye to a valued leader, we feel hope for the future of our national parks and the strength of NPCA’s vision as we work toward the Park Service’s centennial in […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-qa-with-npcas-new-acting-president-on-transition-and-opportunity/feed/ 0 Years of Abuse and Overuse Make the Colorado River the Most Endangered River of 2013 http://parkadvocate.org/years-of-abuse-and-overuse-make-the-colorado-river-the-most-endangered-river-of-2013/ http://parkadvocate.org/years-of-abuse-and-overuse-make-the-colorado-river-the-most-endangered-river-of-2013/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:48:09 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=3102 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/years-of-abuse-and-overuse-make-the-colorado-river-the-most-endangered-river-of-2013/feed/ 0 Vote in the Super Bowl Park Poll http://parkadvocate.org/vote-in-the-super-bowl-park-poll-a-49ers-fan-and-a-ravens-fan-defend-their-cities/ http://parkadvocate.org/vote-in-the-super-bowl-park-poll-a-49ers-fan-and-a-ravens-fan-defend-their-cities/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:35:53 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=2608 What City Has the Most Super National Parks? This Sunday, many national park supporters will keep their hiking boots in the closet and get their blood pumping in a different way: by cheering their favorite teams to victory when the San Francisco 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl. With national parks—as well […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/vote-in-the-super-bowl-park-poll-a-49ers-fan-and-a-ravens-fan-defend-their-cities/feed/ 0 Connecting Youth with the Great Outdoors in the Chesapeake http://parkadvocate.org/connecting-youth-with-the-great-outdoors-in-the-chesapeake/ http://parkadvocate.org/connecting-youth-with-the-great-outdoors-in-the-chesapeake/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:59:48 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=2113 During a beautiful October afternoon on the Anacostia River near Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC, the only noise disrupting the silence was the sound of 70 small paddles gliding into the water. There was complete stillness among the dozens of third and fourth graders navigating their large Voyageur canoes as they sat […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/connecting-youth-with-the-great-outdoors-in-the-chesapeake/feed/ 0 Focus on Water: Celebrating the Clean Water Act’s 40th Anniversary http://parkadvocate.org/focus-on-water-celebrating-the-clean-water-acts-40th-anniversary/ http://parkadvocate.org/focus-on-water-celebrating-the-clean-water-acts-40th-anniversary/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:30:01 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=1918 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/focus-on-water-celebrating-the-clean-water-acts-40th-anniversary/feed/ 1