Rivers

When it comes to toxic mercury levels that can harm wildlife, the Northeast is “the tailpipe of the world,” says David Evers, executive director and chief scientist of the nonprofit Biodiversity Research Institute, in Portland, Maine. Global wind patterns carry mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants across the United States and from as far away…

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  Do you enjoy the challenge of negotiating bumpy slopes or tight treelines on skis, staying in perfect control, even when obstacles and gravity conspire against you?  Do you love riding roller coasters? Or getting tossed around by big waves at the beach?  Have you ever stood rapt in front of a front-loading washing machine…

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In as few as 25 years, a handful of islands in Chesapeake Bay may be underwater. According to one recent report, islanders there are already familiar with the ocean slowly overtaking their lands—expected to be the first United States territories rendered uninhabitable by climate change.  This image should haunt conservationists and flat-earthers alike. No wall…

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1. No-Pay Stays In its third year, the Peter Roderick Trail Award Scholarship was given to six AMC members, all first-time trail-work volunteers on AMC’s Maine Woods property. Established in 2016 by the Maine Chapter in honor of a longtime executive committee member, the scholarships cover the cost of food and lodging on volunteer trail-work…

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Blazing temperatures and no school make weekend trips to cold water absolutely necessary. For a break from the crowded neighborhood pool, pack up the family and head to these eight fast-flowing freshwater destinations for the thrill of a whitewater rafting adventure—all in rented gear and under the supervision of an expert guide. Whether you’re a…

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A 13-day Paddle and Walk Along the Connecticut River from June 15 – 27, 2018 AMC is excited to work with the Massachusetts Walking Tour on a two-week paddle/concert series on the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. AMC has worked with the MA Walking Tour over the years to hike/promote the New England National Scenic Trail…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is opposed to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line as currently proposed. UPDATE: In October 2018, Central Maine Power Company (CMP) notified Maine regulators that they now intend to bury the proposed transmission line under the Kennebec Gorge. This new information addresses one flaw in the siting…

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Thanks to the efforts of conservation groups and the effectiveness of federal, state, and local clean-water policies, many of New England’s most iconic rivers—including the Connecticut, Housatonic, and Merrimack—are cleaner today than they were in decades past, says Kristen Sykes, AMC’s director of conservation strategies. Despite the improvements, there is no guarantee better conditions will…

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  Now?” my nephew Kyle asks, sounding anxious. Peering into the water, I can just make out the pebble-strewn bottom down below. “Yep,” I reply. “Ready?” Without a word, he slips from his board and plunges into the clear, temperate Delaware River. Snorkel mask on, I follow him beneath the surface. And with that, we…

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AMC Calls on the EPA Not to Rollback Clean Water Protections In August, we let you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was proposing to change the 2015 Waters of the United States regulations to protect smaller streams and wetlands, known as the WOTUS rule.  Despite an overwhelming response supporting the rule, the EPA…

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