River Network Blogs

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

Merritt Frey
Dec 22 2009 - 8:01am

Looking for a quick distraction during this week of distractions? While not exactly cheerful, this New York Times photography collection of dry, dry places is still very compelling. Pictures from around the world, including the American West, show the results of water scarcity in black and white.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 21 2009 - 5:06pm

The current issue (Nov/Dec) of Southwest Hydrology focuses on water conservation and contains stories, stats and case studies on how to design successful water conservation programs.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 14 2009 - 10:56am

On December 1, 2009 the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3598, the Energy and Water Research Integration Act, a bill which seeks to “ensure consideration of water intensity in the Department of Energy's energy research, development, and demonstration programs to help guarantee efficient, reliable, and sustainable delivery of energy and water resources.”

Merritt Frey
Dec 14 2009 - 8:23am

The Environmental Working Group has launched a new and very impressive database on drinking water violations and reporting around the country. The user-friendly system allows a user to search by zip code or supplier and then view extensive data in a non-technical format.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 11 2009 - 8:55am

The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program has rolled out a sleek new website packed with accessible information on WaterSense products, partners, rebates and the multidimensional benefits of water efficiency, including energy savings.

Merritt Frey
Dec 9 2009 - 10:53am

Two Western states -- Wyoming and New Mexico -- are making headlines today on water quality issues....neither of them in a way that will make clean water advocates happy.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 8 2009 - 2:45pm

A few weeks ago, a scandal – coined “climategate” – allegedly erupted when a decade’s worth of emails were stolen from some of the world’s top climate scientists working in the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. Global warming deniers are trying to use these cherry-picked emails to block action on climate legislation but you can help make sure they don’t succeed.

Merritt Frey
Dec 8 2009 - 2:16pm

According to an article in today's New York Times, 20 percent of drinking water systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 7 2009 - 5:17pm

Researchers at UC Berkeley will be introducing two new tools that use lifecycle assessments to analyze the sustainability of new water and wastewater projects.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 7 2009 - 4:04pm

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has created a great little video describing the numerous benefits of switching to a WaterSense certified dual flush toilet.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 7 2009 - 3:30pm

The Water Environment Federation will be hosting two conferences in Boston, MA, March 7-10, 2010: Urban River Restoration 2010 and Cities of the Future 2010.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 2 2009 - 7:33pm

In a recent editorial in the Los Angeles Times, James G. Workman, a journalist, author and adviser to national water ministers around the world, laments the glaring absence of water in international climate talks.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 2 2009 - 12:53pm

Exloco’s Carpe Diem Western Water and Climate Change project conducted interviews with water managers Eric Kuhn and Lillian Kawasaki on an all too familiar topic for readers of this blog: water, energy and climate change.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 30 2009 - 9:07pm

An interesting article in The Arizona Republic begins with the following ominous quote from Sharon Megdal, the Director of the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center: “People say water will get more expensive in the future, but what they mean is it’s going to get more expensive to provide it, to move it, to treat it. Energy costs are going to be huge, and I don’t think people understand it.”

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 30 2009 - 7:47pm

In yet another display of the intrinsic connections between water and energy, San Antonio Water System, which provides water to over 1 million customers in Texas, has joined the Energy Research Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio to "define and implement new and alternative strategies for the development of energy technology."