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Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program Webinar

The National Park Service (NPS) is hosting a webinar to highlight their Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. Through this program, the NPS works with local leaders to build partnerships and engage their communities in outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects. Join them for the webinar to learn how to secure help for your community project. Project applicants may be state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups. National Parks and other Federal agencies may apply in... Read more

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

​ Have an idea for a trail, river, or park in your community? The National Park Service (NPS) can help! The NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. NPS’s national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Applications are... Read more

Chicago River Gets 600 Feet of Floating Gardens

Over 600 feet of floating wetlands are coming to the Chicago River as a pilot project by nonprofit Urban Rivers, which hopes to rehabilitate urban waterways in Chicago and around the world. The effort comes on top of the city’s own ambitious plans to make the Chicago River more inviting and productive. Read more... Read more

Ambitious Proposal Would Make Chicago River the City’s New Backyard

Chicago’s lakefront is a triumph of city planning — the preservation of the city’s chief physical asset for use by the public instead of by factories and wealthy, private homes. It’s the city’s front yard. Until recently, the Chicago River has not received the same loving attention. But in the past 20 years, that perception has changed dramatically, with a series of improvements through public and private development. Read more... Read more

New Rivers Plan: Bold Strokes and Big Challenges

Good urban planning can make you smile. Consider Chicago’s 2009 plan for the downtown riverwalk, which laid out a vision for turning the once-dreary docks along the Chicago River’s south bank into a prime public space. Today, the riverwalk teems with pedestrians, joggers, cyclists and wine-sipping millennials. Read more... Read more

A 21st-Century Cleanup for Pittsburgh

​The most livable city. The next Portland. Among the top 10 cities to visit. Best food city. Pittsburgh has been on an ever-increasing number of best-of lists in the past few years. One list you won’t see it on, though, is cleanest water or best river life. It’s time to change that. Pittsburgh must fix its sewer overflow problem using equitable, progressive policy and technology to maintain its accelerating march toward becoming one of America’s premier cities. Read more... Read more

Great Lakes Cities Swallow Streams

​The Great Lakes may boast a fifth of the world’s fresh surface water, but the region is also home to the largest collection of urban stream deserts. These riverless areas favor concrete connections over urban parkways. They submerge surface streams, sometimes swallowing entire river systems. Despite an uptick in green infrastructure – working with streams rather than eliminating them – protecting waterways from burial isn’t easy. Read more... Read more
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