NPCA's Park Advocate » Great Waters News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:54:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Protecting Our Underwater Wonders Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:49:27 +0000 Earlier this month, my husband and I escaped the endless East Coast winter and traveled to California with NPCA partners and colleagues to celebrate the wilderness at Point Reyes National Seashore. While the park’s marine wilderness designation became official in November 2012, it wasn’t until January 1, 2015, that a series of legal battles finally […]]]> 1 What Lies Beneath Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:16:30 +0000 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 […]]]> 3 Transmission Lines in Everglades National Park? No Thanks! Fri, 30 May 2014 14:13:38 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 Better Than Fiction Tue, 06 May 2014 13:55:40 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 Clean Water Is the Solution, Not the Problem Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:07:40 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 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 A Q&A with NPCA’s New Acting President on Transition and Opportunity Fri, 24 May 2013 16:17:19 +0000 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 […]]]> 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 Vote in the Super Bowl Park Poll Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:35:53 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 Connecting Youth with the Great Outdoors in the Chesapeake Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:59:48 +0000 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 […]]]> 0