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Island Press Field Notes

By Rebecca Wodder / On May 17th, 2017

In his February address to Congress, President Donald Trump promised clean water for all Americans. Why, then, is his administration intent on dismantling protections that cover a third of the nation's drinking water?

Credit: Kennedy Warne

By Laurie Mazur / On October 4th, 2016

We must snap out of our collective climate denial, and accept that the future will not be like the past. Only then can we protect ourselves from the floods (and the tornadoes, droughts, wildfires, heatwaves, and storm surges) to come—and build a...

By Rebecca Wodder / On August 30th, 2016

To build resilience to twenty-first century challenges, a transformational water ethic must not only respect the water rights of nature, but also the water rights of people, especially the most vulnerable among us.

By Rebecca Wodder / On July 28th, 2016

How to accumulate and leverage social capital to achieve healthy freshwater ecosystems, green infrastructure improvements, and triple-bottom-line benefits.

By Pamela Boyce Simms / On July 12th, 2016

Optimism is alive in a new generation of environmentally aware and astute African American young people who “get it.” Over the past four years 40,000 pounds of trash has been removed from Washington DC’s Anacostia River by young, local African...

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By Pamela Boyce Simms / On March 22nd, 2016

An attempted Niagara Bottling Company water grab in iconic Woodstock New York was a defining moment for Rachel Marco Havens. In Rachel’s words, her story is about “a beautiful lake in a little town with a BIG voice, and the taxpayer-funded,...

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By Denise Fairchild / On January 21st, 2016

Tuesday night—in his final State of the Union address—President Obama asked us to face the future with hope, not fear. He spoke to a nation that has grown increasingly fearful: Since Obama’s last address, terrorism has emerged as Americans’ ...

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