Magazine article National Parks

Healing Our Waters

Magazine article National Parks

Healing Our Waters

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As a former river guide and an avid kayaker, I have a personal stake in NPCA's efforts to protect and restore waterways in and around our national parks. Whether you're boating at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, viewing the sandstone cliffs at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, or watching wildlife in the Everglades, the health of the water is directly linked to the health of the surrounding landscape.

Protecting national parks means protecting rivers, lakes, streams, and estuaries, which is why NPCA works with other local and national groups to restore these aquatic ecosystems. For example, NPCA is a co-founder and co-chair of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, which has secured more than $1 billion for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, cleaning up polluted harbors, restoring wetlands, combating invasive species, and protecting the drinking-water supply for more than 30 million people. This initiative has provided the Park Service with more than $18 million to respond to urgent needs in eight national parks throughout the Great Lakes region. …

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