River Habitat Blog

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Merritt Frey
Nov 30 2011 - 2:17pm

With the holiday filling up a big chunk of the week for this week's Wednesday Roundup, we were a bit concerned we wouldn't have enough news to share here.

Merritt Frey
Nov 23 2011 - 9:50am

Information overload. Analysis paralysis. Overflowing in boxes. We all wrestle with these issues every day. One small way the Habitat Program staff can help the beleaguered watershed groups of the nation wade through the information morass? The Wednesday Roundup.

Merritt Frey
Nov 21 2011 - 4:10pm

As reports that the "supercommittee" charged with finding a long-term budget reduction deal has failed spread across the internet today, everyone is scrambling to figure out what the failure means for their interest area. For those of us who love rivers, the most obvious question is what this means for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's budget, and the priorities for that smaller budget.

Merritt Frey
Nov 16 2011 - 11:28am

The New York Times weighed in yesterday on one of the most important issues of the day (and decade) for anyone who wants safe, clean water -- the issue of which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act.

Merritt Frey
Nov 7 2011 - 3:41pm

A long-time River Network Partner -- WildEarth Guardians and the pretty little Santa Fe River -- were recently featured in a blog post by the U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy Stoner.

Merritt Frey
Nov 1 2011 - 6:58am

River Network's Habitat Program is excited to host a well-known Clean Water Act expert -- Bob Adler -- as a guest presenter in our on-going webinar series. River advocates interested in more effectively applying the power of the Clean Water Act to protect and restore aquatic ecosystems would be crazy to miss this chance to talk with one of the country's best thinkers on the issues we all care about....crazy!

Merritt Frey
Oct 31 2011 - 9:36am

Since as far back as the 1950s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a series of reports tracking the loss of wetlands in the United States. This month they released the newest reports, which details the status of our wetlands from 2004 to 2009.

usfws, wetlands
Merritt Frey
Oct 21 2011 - 6:57am

Two runners cover 130 miles in 52 hours. Driven salmon swim 900 miles and climb 7,000 feet. Who's crazier?

Merritt Frey
Oct 20 2011 - 8:47am

Although fish and others who rely on our rivers don’t see the separation, our legal system has long treated water quality and quantity as unrelated concerns. Water quality is regulated by the federal Clean Water Act, while state laws govern water quantity. For too long, the chasm between quality and quantity has been viewed as unbridgeable.

Merritt Frey
Oct 18 2011 - 12:12pm

It isn't the big 4-0, but it sure is getting close. Today, one of the nation's most successful and beloved environmental laws - the Clean Water Act -- turns 39.

Merritt Frey
Oct 14 2011 - 12:30pm

By now, most of us have sat through trainings about all the remarkable ways Google Earth can be incorporated into our river protection efforts. The Center for Justice stumbled across a new use -- documenting protests -- quite by accident.

Merritt Frey
Oct 13 2011 - 7:31am

Luckily for the Charles River (and all the people who visit it) some people don't see any problem as too big. Or too long-term. Or too gross.

Merritt Frey
Oct 7 2011 - 8:04am

The Friday Fun idea this week was easy to come up with -- what could be more fun for river lovers than a dam removal? A webcam view that let's us all feel like we're right there for the dam removal, that's what.

dam removal, dams, fun
Merritt Frey
Oct 6 2011 - 7:32am

U.S. EPA has made it clear this week that they are in fact moving forward with their most important regulatory development action of the decade (at least in my opinion) -- regulations to clarify the question of which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act.

Merritt Frey
Oct 3 2011 - 12:44pm

When rivers form a boundary between states, interesting policy debates seem sure to follow. The on-going discussion about dredging the Savannah River to make room for huge ocean-going ships is no exception.