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Merritt Frey
Jan 4 2012 - 7:18pm

Five Don't Miss News Stories and Resources from the Last Week (or so)

Merritt Frey
Dec 22 2011 - 8:49am

Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a draft document detailing new recreational water quality criteria for bacteria. Comments on the draft document are due February 21, 2012.

Merritt Frey
Dec 21 2011 - 9:52am

This week’s Roundup actually covers several weeks’ worth of news. Due to the cold/flu-of-the-century, I’ve been in a largely news-free bubble for something approaching ten days. So, the fact that these five stories broke through the NyQuil induced haze of the last few weeks means they are that much more must-read.

Merritt Frey
Dec 2 2011 - 7:54am

Don't tell the serious anglers who sit on the Blue Ribbon Fisheries Council with me, but this Bert and Ernie sketch may as well be my fishing strategy given my success rate.

Merritt Frey
Dec 1 2011 - 8:32am

Did you miss the hottest webinar yet in our Habitat Webinar series – the Clean Water Act Through the Biological Lens with Professor Robert Adler? Never fear, the recorded version is here!

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.