River Habitat Blog

Rivers and Habitat Blog

Merritt Frey
Sep 30 2011 - 8:53am

I get quite a few mildly random emails in the course of the work week, but few have made me itch for a river trip as much as a recent note from the director of Where the Yellowstone Goes.

boating, dams, fun, Montana
Merritt Frey
Sep 28 2011 - 1:37pm

It might not seem like it, but May 2012 is just around the corner...which means the annual River Rally is coming at you fast. So fast that NOW is the time to submit your proposal to do a presentation at Rally.

Merritt Frey
Sep 17 2011 - 9:30am

We tend to forget to celebrate good news, but this is too good to let slide by: native fish are bouncing back in the Santa Cruz as water quality improves.

Merritt Frey
Sep 12 2011 - 4:47pm

In 2012, River Network's annual River Rally will -- for the first time ever - be held in conjunction with the National Monitoring Conference. Because river advocates never have enough to do, you should consider submitting a workshop or paper proposal to the National Monitoring Conference and the Rally.

Merritt Frey
Sep 9 2011 - 2:49pm

I'm totally counting really good news as "fun" for this Friday's blog posting.

Merritt Frey
Sep 6 2011 - 4:08pm

Still wondering what all that oil from the BP's Macondo Well oil spill will mean for life in the Gulf of Mexico? Worrying that now that the press has gone home no one's watching to see? You're not alone.

Merritt Frey
Sep 2 2011 - 11:33am

Since it is hot and steamy in much of the country this weekend, it seemed like cool river shots would be an appropriate take on the Friday fun idea.

Arizona, fun, photos
Merritt Frey
Sep 1 2011 - 10:24am

Why would the financially-focused Wall Street Journal sing the praises of the humble but industrious beaver? Beavers boost the bottom line.

Merritt Frey
Aug 26 2011 - 9:28am

In the interest of trying to get myself back on track with regular postings, I'm going to experiment with the idea of posting something interesting and/or fun on Fridays. By the end of the week I can certainly benefit from a little fun and I will guess you will too.

fun, gis
Merritt Frey
Aug 1 2011 - 9:10am

Each year a group of researchers does a "Shelfwide Cruise" in the Gulf of Mexico. Sound like a nice junket? Not so much -- this cruise is all about measuring the extent of the massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. This year's findings show that, although not at a record breaking size, this year's dead zone is larger than usual.

Merritt Frey
Jul 25 2011 - 11:57am

Since I was a baby, our family's summer traditions have all involved water: swimming at a local beach, staying at a cabin on a northern Michigan lake, or eating freshly caught whitefish. Alas, a newer summer tradition -- reading the latest news on coastal dead zones -- is not nearly as nice as those memories.

Merritt Frey
Jul 21 2011 - 7:37am

The New York Times has an interesting article today that underlines the challenges groups face tackling river restoration in a time of changing climate, changing politics, and change in general.

Merritt Frey
Apr 27 2011 - 1:15pm

A draft guidance released today attempts to answer that very critical question -- which waterbodies are protected under the Clean Water Act? U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Enginners released the new guidance to address uncertainty and protection problems following two Supreme Court decisions on the question.

Merritt Frey
Apr 21 2011 - 7:14am

Wetland loss and dramatic stream alterations are among the most visible habitat traumas a river lover faces. River Network has just released a new analysis that can help you make the case to limit harm from Nationwide Permits for wetland dredge and fill and stream alteration in your state.

Merritt Frey
Apr 19 2011 - 1:11pm

We've long known beavers are good for riparian and aquatic habitat, but how often have you pondered what beavers can do for the bottom line?