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Connecting Youth with the Great Outdoors in the Chesapeake

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During a beautiful October afternoon on the Anacostia River near Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC, the only noise disrupting the silence was the sound of 70 small paddles gliding into the water. There was complete stillness among the dozens of third and fourth graders navigating their large Voyageur canoes as they sat captivated by their afternoon entertainment–a [...]

Posted on: November 20 2012
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Focus on Water: Celebrating the Clean Water Act’s 40th Anniversary

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By Sarah Gaines Barmeyer, Great Waters Program Manager Forty years ago today, Congress overrode a veto from President Nixon to officially make the Clean Water Act the nation’s law for protecting one of our most precious and irreplaceable resources. This landmark legislation is the reason why we are able to enjoy the many activities that we do today on our [...]

Posted on: October 18 2012
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Did You Know? Marine and Coastal Resources of the National Park System

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Miles of coastal shoreline in the National Park System: 11,217* Acres of marine and Great Lakes water in the National Park System: 2,490,839* Many people think of scenic mountain vistas, sprawling canyons, thundering waterfalls, and towering timber when they think about the spectacular natural features protected by our National Park System. But 85 national park units also harbor spectacular scenery [...]

Posted on: October 16 2012
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Focus on Water: National Parks Play Vital Role in Restoring Great Lakes

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Our national parks on the Great Lakes offer 620 miles of shoreline, beaches, dunes, and wetlands. These parks–like Sleeping Bear Dunes along Lake Michigan, Isle Royale in Lake Superior, and Perry’s Victory in Lake Erie–have tremendous biological, historical, and recreational value for the more than six million people that visit each year. And these national parks are economic generators, with [...]

Posted on: October 2 2012
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What’s Floating in the Mississippi? New Report Reveals Progress but Also Challenges for Historic River

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The Mississippi River is an icon of our nation that conjures up images from the pages of Mark Twain. Yet at the same time, the river has been a target for industrial waste that basically choked the life out of the river. Now, forty years after passage of the Clean Water Act, it is time to find out just how healthy our [...]

Posted on: September 27 2012
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