ecological integrity

Who's Afraid of the Clean Water Act?

The long-awaited Clean Water Act draft rules were released in a document known as the "Waters of the United States," marking one of the most substantial steps towards improved US water quality in years. One problem though: Some industries think it is governmental overreach.

Years of Living Dangerously Premieres

Judging from episode one of Showtime's new Years of Living Dangerously documentary series, we're in for a visually stunning, compelling and fascinating ride as climate change is discussed in the most human terms possible. It's riveting, truly must-see viewing. Here are some highlights and fun tidbits from the premiere!

What They Know about Climate Change

As the IPCC, Oxfam and the AAAS remind everyone that climate change is already here, the next question is how countries of the world will respond. With so much at stake, it's advisable to try to limit global warming and prepare to adapt to changes in climate - before it's too late.

Dark Water Sheds Light on Animals and Oil Spills

Dark Water, a new play now on stage in New York City, tells the story of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through the eyes of the animals. The play holds a mirror up to human behavior and asks, "What kind of a future do we want?" Right now it's looking like one filled with environmental disasters.

Our Heroes: Gary Wockner of Poudre Waterkeeper

This week's hero in our "Know Your Waterkeeper" series is Gary Wockner of Poudre Waterkeeper. Gary saves rivers, fights frackers and climate change and loves endangered species and democracy. We like all those things too and we think Gary makes an excellent hero!

Our Heroes: Krissy Kasserman of Youghiogheny Riverkeeper

The next hero in our Know Your Waterkeeper series is Krissy Kasserman of Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. Here, Kasserman talks about growing up in the Appalachians, the impacts of fracking in Marcellus Shale country and the 12-foot suit of armor she saw on the river bank.

I Don't Want No Scrub

Plastic microbeads from cosmetic products are filling up our lakes and rivers. New York State is the first seeking to ban them, and others aren't far behind.

Our Heroes: Paul Gallay of Riverkeeper

The next installment of Our Heroes: "Know Your Waterkeeper" is with Riverkeeper President and Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay. Find out what his oddest moment as a Riverkeeper has been. [HINT: it involves a tattoo!]

Our Heroes: Marc Yaggi of Waterkeeper Alliance

Today Ecocentric kicks off the latest installment of Our Heroes with "Know Your Waterkeeper," a short series of weekly interviews with Waterkeepers from around the country. First up is Waterkeeper Alliance Executive Director Marc Yaggi, who turned his childhood love of water into a long-standing career, making water protection a main focus of his life.

Record Number of Fall Chinook Pass Through Bonneville Dam

This year, a record-setting 1 million salmon have passed through the Bonneville Dam near the mouth of the Columbia River. From the looks of busy fish counters and biologists, the dam's fish ladders for migrating salmon are working well.

America: Recycle and Clean Your Fridge!

Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!

Quake's Up? Fracking the Ocean and California's Central Valley

Should The Golden State allow fracking offshore in the Pacific and atop the Monterey Shale? Impacts are being felt from the Central Valley to Los Angeles; given the earthquakes triggered by injection wells in less seismically active places, there remain concerns about doing so next door to the San Andreas Fault.

Water - and Us - in the ''Anthropocene''

In late May, water scientists gathered at a conference and issued a stark warning about global freshwater challenges in this "Anthropocene" era. Yet their recommendations for research, scientific training and ecosystem-friendly solutions fell short of what's needed: a recognition of humanity's place in the web of life.

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