Fighting Sewage Pollution

Every year, more than 850 billion gallons of raw or partially-treated sewage is dumped into the waters where we fish, swim and play. Astonishingly, there is no nationwide requirement for public notification of sewage spills and overflows -- placing you at risk of coming in contact with disease-causing pathogens. To raise awareness about the issue, the Act for Healthy Rivers Slog (sewage blog = slog) features stories from activists fighting sewage pollution in their communities and weekly recaps of sewage spills from across the nation. Read the Slog at ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ripple Effect: This Month's News and Victories Read them now at *Looking forward to the Marmot Dam Removal (Oregon) *Landmark Restoration Agreement on the Presumpscot River (Maine) *National River Cleanup Week Sweeps the Nation (Nationwide) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Act Now to Protect West Virginia's Blackwater River The Blackwater River is threatened by plans to transform the historic and scenic Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail into a wide road for logging trucks. Act now to tell the Forest Service that you want to see this crown jewel protected for people and wildlife. Comments are due Monday, July 23, so please act today at ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Pick: Above Veil Limited Edition Poster Greg McFadden, river runner and landscape artist, paints plen aire -- from life on the river. His Above Veil captures the natural beauty of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. This vintage poster was created while McFadden was anchored on the river near the Elk Bar rapid, well-known among whitewater rafting enthusiasts. Purchase your copy of Above Veil today at Cascade Outfitters ( -- a portion of the proceeds will be donated to American Rivers. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Speak Out for Rivers at River Action Day We want YOU…to come to Washington, DC to participate in the 4th annual River Action Day on September 24-25, 2007. Join fellow river advocates from across the country to speak out for rivers on Capitol Hill. This is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with your Members of Congress and encourage them to support policies that will ensure healthy rivers for all communities. Register today at and make your voice heard in the halls of Congress! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recent Blog Posts On the River Blog (, American Rivers staff share their stories about protecting and restoring America's rivers. A few of our latest entries: * Blue Trails: Ever Heard of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail? * Technology & Rivers: San Francisco Bans Bottled Water in the Name of Healthy Rivers * Stories: Remembering Former Board Member Charles Kuralt * River Quotes: This Month's River Quotes ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Featured Video Find out what River Action Day is all about -- watch now at ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tip of Month Use a rain barrel to collect rain that can be reused to water the lawn and garden. More tips at ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- American Rivers ©2007