River Network Blogs

Our collection of blog posts from various River Network Staff and Programs.

Merritt Frey
Feb 5 2014 - 1:25pm

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.

Merritt Frey
Feb 4 2014 - 12:05pm

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.

Merritt Frey
Feb 3 2014 - 1:45pm

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.

Merritt Frey
Jan 22 2014 - 6:49pm

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.

Jan 8 2014 - 6:26pm

Coastal wetlands effectively buffer storm surges. We know that.

Merritt Frey
Jan 8 2014 - 8:45am

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.)

Merritt Frey
Jan 6 2014 - 8:17am

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?

Nov 20 2013 - 7:48am

How lucky we have been to spend time on wild and scenic rivers with their crystal clear swimmable, fishable waters.

Nov 8 2013 - 8:16am
Nov 8 2013 - 8:08am

We just came back from an amazing Autumn visit in Italia and we cannot wait to go back.....back in time and back in scale, back before suburbs and sprawl and plastic.

Merritt Frey
Nov 7 2013 - 12:46pm

I'm passing along an invitation to a webinar from U.S. EPA I thought might be particularly interesting for River Network Partners. The webinar is called "Re-engaging your Volunteer Monitoring Organization" and it is free, free, free.

Merritt Frey
Nov 6 2013 - 8:03am

Yesterday the U.S. EPA released a new report addressing the value of water in the U.S. economy. The report stresses the fundamental challenges involved in quantifying the economic value of water -- calling the importance of water in our economy "significant, but elusive." However, the report also presents some concrete information watershed groups may find useful.

Merritt Frey
Oct 28 2013 - 3:44pm

As many of you are well aware, for years now there has been a debate raging about which waters and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. This debate harks back to two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) and 2006 (Rapanos v. United States).

Those decisions, and policy decisions made by the Bush Administration, have thrown into question the status of the Clean Water Act's ability to protect some wetlands and streams, by confusing the question of what waters the Act has "jurisdiction" over.

Right now, a draft scientific report "Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters” is out for public comment from the U.S. EPA Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

Merritt Frey
Oct 25 2013 - 7:19am

Every so often we like to remind our Partners about the collection of resources our programs make available to you. In that spirit, River Network’s Habitat Program is sharing a collection of our program’s web-based resources – both new and old. If you haven’t explored these tools and resources recently (or ever!), please do so today and find the tools that will best help you to stay connected with tools and resources to make your work easier and stronger.

Merritt Frey
Oct 17 2013 - 11:49am

Have you been pondering tackling restoration of the riparian buffers along your local creek? Been working on this type of restoration for years and always wondered how other organizations tackled similar problems? You might be interested in our just released Restoring Riparian Buffers: A What Works Snapshot.