River Habitat Blog

Rivers and Habitat Blog

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.

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.