Choose Clean Water in the Mid-Atlantic

Survival Guide

NPCA’s recent report, Climate Change and National Park Wildlife: A Survival Guide for a Warming World, highlights the impacts of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay’s iconic native oyster, and recommends actions to promote resiliency in the face of climate change effects in the region’s streams, rivers, and the Bay itself.

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NPCA’s 2008 report, Dark Horizons, maps existing and proposed coal-fired power plants upwind of Shenandoah National Park. Shenandoah’s airshed significantly overlaps with the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Since publication of the report, the “Greene Energy Resource Recovery” facility in southwestern Pennsylvania has put its plans on hold indefinitely as a result of permit challenges led by NPCA and other groups.

Protecting the streams and rivers that flow through our national parks and our communities to the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay's water quality is currently threatened by pollution from land development and air pollution from nearby sources. Many national parks have stream and rivers that flow into the Bay, including parks such as Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, and C & O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland and D.C.

When national parks have clean, high-quality water that supports abundant native plant and animal communities, the parks, the visitors, and the local communities all benefit. If we can keep the sources of water that originate in national parks and flow to the Chesapeake Bay clean, the overall health of the Bay will improve.

NPCA is doing its part by helping to lead the Choose Clean Water coalition, advocating for federal policies to protect and restore local water quality at dozens of national parks in the region and in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. More than 100 local and national nonprofit organizations have joined forces and are working together in this effort.

NCPA was a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Choose Clean Water Conference, which took place January 10-12, 2011 at the Park Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, DC.

You can learn more about this new coalition, the conference, and how you can be a part of this remarkable effort at 


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