River Network Blogs

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

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).

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 12 2010 - 6:33pm

For the last couple of years, California water and energy utilities have initiated pilot partnership programs to explore the potential to leverage their resources and provide customers with incentives to optimize their water and energy savings.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 7 2010 - 5:53pm

The US Department of Energy has issued a report to congress that explores a number of strategies to reduce the water consumption of concentrating solar power (CSP) electricity generation, a promising renewable energy option that may substantially increase water demands in some of the country's most arid regions.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jan 7 2010 - 2:59pm

For my first post of the New Year I would like to bring attention to an excellent article written by Carol Maas - the innovation and technology director at the Canadian-based POLIS Water Sustainability Project - that describes the potential to cost-effectively save energy through water efficiency.

Merritt Frey
Jan 7 2010 - 8:18am

The Salt Lake Tribune ran a story this morning that includes a remarkably frank assessment from the Secretary of the Department of Interior on oil and gas leasing on public lands under the previous administration, and a summary of the way forward for oil and gas development on these lands.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 23 2009 - 4:11pm

The California Environmental Dialogue has released a document that outlines the importance of water in the context of climate change, while encouraging improved data collection on water-related greenhouse gas emissions and increased integration of resource management policies 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.