I'm starting to run the risk of making this blog all Waters of the US rulemaking all the time, but this really is a critical issue! As a result, we've invited US EPA staff to come brief River Network Partners and allies about the rule via a webinar. You're invited!
A few weeks ago I tweeted about a cool new Best Practices for Riverfront Communities guide for communities along Utah's Jordan River. While the guide is focused on the Jordan, I encourage watershed leaders from all sorts of urban and suburban rivers to check out the guide. The specific practices will be useful (and may be quite familiar) but I think the idea of packaging a vision for consistent yet flexible river protections from community to community will provide even greater food for thought.
A useful new toolkit from the Sourcewater Collaborative focuses on working with the agricultural community to protect drinking water sources. However, this toolkit will likely be just as useful for anyone working to protect and restore rivers, lakes, or groundwater...whether for drinking water or for other purposes.
River Network is happy to announce a short series of webinars focused on the power of the Clean Water Act in the hands of tribal governments. These webinars are designed to follow up on a very popular webinar we hosted on the topic last year by providing more detail on two critical subjects for tribes: water quality standards and 401 water quality certification.
I'm trying something new today. This is a sort of blog interview with one of the leaders behind an important new resource -- a website called Statistics for Action (SfA). Statistics for Action (SfA) is a collaboration between Technical Education Research Centers (TERC) and environmental advocacy organizations -- including River Network! -- to help people in communities harmed by environmental contamination.
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. River Network's Jordan River Learning Lab is designed to explore real world ways in which river restoration projects can better integrate water quantity and water quality policies to achieve truly healthy rivers. And we have a wonderful update to share on the Lab's findings.
Sorry about the dramatic title, but I had to ask. After an interesting debate earlier today about a loan for a wastewater treatment plant, the question is on my mind. Let me say right up front that the question is over-simplified. However, it seems like an important one to me.
Perhaps it isn't the most exciting way to ring in the new year, but on January 2 comments were due on U.S. EPA's proposed rulemaking addressing its water quality standards program. As a result, I -- and quite a few others in the river conservation world -- spent much of the holiday season and the first two days of 2014 pondering variances and antidegradation, rather than weight loss or budget-keeping resolutions. (I'm counting this as a total win.)
Maybe it's the to-do list addict in me, but I'm always tempted by web headlines starting with ticklers like "Five Ways to..." or "Top Ten Tips for..." I mean, really, can you resist them? All the gossip sites....and even CNN...clearly use these as staple strategies for luring web browsers. So why shouldn't we use them for nobler purposes like educating readers on river-saving techniques?