River Network Blogs

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

Merritt Frey
Feb 19 2010 - 9:50am

Most river advocates have heard about the confusion swirling around the question of Clean Water Act jurisdiction over certain waters and wetlands. A new report just out in Colorado uses five real world examples to illustrate the impacts of that confusion on the aquatic systems in our region.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Feb 18 2010 - 5:46pm

A solar power plant proposed in the arid desert near Bakersfield, California was almost abandoned last year due to concerns over water supply. It appears that an unconventional compromise has been reached: NextEra Energy, the company seeking to build the power plant, will cut down hundreds of thirsty nonnative trees in the area to offset the power plant’s water use.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Feb 17 2010 - 5:11pm

Although we’re well into 2010, I recently learned that River Network’s publication, The Carbon Footprint of Water, was ranked among the Top 10 of 2009 by Water Online, a resource database for water professionals! Overall, our report was ranked #2 on their list of the year's most popular articles.

Merritt Frey
Feb 2 2010 - 1:05pm

U.S. EPA's proposed FY 2011 budget was released yesteday, and includes good news and bad news for those working to protect and restore rivers in the Intermountain West. The good news? There are some significant investments in water issues that can make a big difference to our work. The bad news? Other regions sure did a better job than we did at getting a targeted piece of the pie.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 29 2010 - 3:09pm

In a report for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Stacy Tellinghuisen, an Energy/Water Analyst with Western Resource Advocates, describes one of the most important reasons that Colorado's water utilities should be investing more to achieve water savings: water conservation = energy conservation.

Merritt Frey
Jan 29 2010 - 9:29am

Wow. A Nevada Supreme Court decision has thrown a big wrench in plans for a $3.5 billion, 300 mile pipeline to carry groundwater to Las Vegas.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 22 2010 - 5:24pm

Integrated Resource Recovery is a new way of thinking about waste. Rather than viewing waste as something to be disposed of, IRR views waste as a resource that can continually provide value to communities. Sign up for a webinar taking place Thursday, February 4th to learn more about this concept.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 22 2010 - 3:44pm

Integrated Resource Recovery (IRR) is a new way of managing limited resources by viewing waste as a valuable commodity that can be used to supply water, generate clean energy, grow food and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Ministry of Community and Rural Development in British Columbia has published a great guidebook to inform the public on this exciting concept.

Merritt Frey
Jan 20 2010 - 8:18am

Florida is a long way from the Intermountain West, but what's happening there on nutrient water quality criteria may have ramifications in our rivers and streams.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 15 2010 - 6:28pm

In a remarkable short video produced by Circle of Blue for last year’s World Economic Forum we see that water is intrinsic to virtually every aspect of our lives, from the clothes we wear to the food we eat and the power that is used to heat our homes and run our economy.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 15 2010 - 6:19pm

The New York Times Green Inc. Blog has an interesting post about the challenges facing smart water meters, which could help water utilities detect leaks, better manage their supplies, and provide their customers with real-time water use data to encourage conservation.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 15 2010 - 5:30pm

River Network Partner, the Sierra Nevada Alliance, is doing some excellent work to address climate change through their Sierra Water and Climate Change Campaign. Through this program, SNA has been collecting case studies and compiling resources to alert the public and decision makers to the impacts of climate change in the Sierras and ensure that smart local resource management plans are adopted that protect natural resources by reducing emissions and adapting to the changing climate.

Merritt Frey
Jan 15 2010 - 8:43am

As you may be aware, the 2010 National River Rally is going to be right here in the Intermountain West – outside Salt Lake City, Utah from May 21-24. This is a great chance to bring together western advocates, public lands managers and others to discuss issues and learn together. We need your help to design a useful workshop about rivers on public lands in the West!

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 14 2010 - 11:58am

A partnership initiative led by The Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) has been awarded a major grant from the The Kresge Foundation to help six rural forested communities protect forest and water resources and address climate change issues through planning and community action. The Cumberland River Compact, a River Network Partner, and the Climate Project are collaborating with MFPP to create this unique educational opportunity to benefit six rural communities across the U.S.

Merritt Frey
Jan 13 2010 - 6:22am

River Network has just posted Phase 1 of our Clean Water West project report -- "Implementing the Clean Water Act in the Intermountain West: an Overview." This first phase covers water quality standards issues – uses, select criteria, and antidegradation (including Outstanding National Resource Waters).