River Network Blogs

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

Merritt Frey
Jan 16 2013 - 11:05am

January is a time when many of regroup, revisit, and rethink our work. In that spirit, I wanted to share a great resource that came though my inbox: Evaluating Your Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. This short fact sheet provides good examples and a step-by-step program overview you'll find useful even for non-monitoring program evaluation. Perhaps even more importantly, it provides some great resource links.

Merritt Frey
Dec 31 2012 - 8:01am

Early this month, the U.S. EPA circulated new, draft guidance -- "draft Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories" – outlining expectations for state implementation of the Clean Water Act’s 319 nonpoint source pollution control program. River Network alerted our Partners to the comment opprotunity (Didn't hear about it? You should be a Partner and subscribe to the Partner listserve!) and commented ourselves.

Even thought the comment window is now closed, I wanted to share some information about the draft guidance. Why? Watershed groups may want to be aware of the proposed changes because they may impact funding for restoration or other projects you care about.

Wendy Wilson
Dec 30 2012 - 5:23pm

Agriculture in general and cows in particular use more water and pollute more rivers than all of our nation’s municipal wastewater systems combined.

Merritt Frey
Dec 27 2012 - 10:57am

During some of our recent Clean Water Act webinars, I’ve heard interest in a having a webinar or two on tribal governments and the Clean Water Act. As a result we’re offering up a 101, beginner session on this topic. Our hope is to provide some good basic information, but to also take some time for participants to share what else they need from an additional webinar or two on this topic. See the description below for more information.

Merritt Frey
Nov 26 2012 - 11:02am

This month's River Talk features Matt Rota of the Gulf Restoration Network talking about the Dead Zone, the Mississippi, and more. What is River Talk? Each month (or so) River Network staff interviews a leader in world of river habitat protection and restoration. The idea behind this video series is to allow River Network Partners and others to share their lessons learned with their peers.

In the November edition of River Talk, we cover two topics with Matt: 1.) what is causing the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico and what can be done about it and 2.) some more personal musings about inspiration and lessons learned. (Please note: for technical reasons the volume on Matt's videos is not the best. Please turn up your speakers!)

Merritt Frey
Nov 12 2012 - 9:19am

More on the mighty bivalve you say? Why yes, more.

Todd Ambs
Nov 7 2012 - 1:16pm

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Merritt Frey
Nov 2 2012 - 8:03am

Yesterday's New York Times presented an interesting array of opinions about how to better protect New York from future storms like Sandy, or worse. The collection of opinion pieces includes five writers from various think-tanks, private sector, and government perspectives. I hope this thoughtful exchange is the beginning of a longer, meaningful discussion about how to better protect people and our communities, while avoiding unintended consequences for people and property, environmental degradation, and crazy price tags...you know, the things our previous approaches have tended to generate. In spades.

Todd Ambs
Oct 31 2012 - 10:58am

Merritt Frey
Oct 30 2012 - 9:33am

I'm a relatively new convert to the cult of the bivalve, so this New York Times opinion piece stuck out to me as one of the most unique takes so far on Sandy and her wrath.

Todd Ambs
Oct 24 2012 - 3:37pm

The Neuse RIVERKEEPER® Foundation RiverKids program is working hard to make the business and science of water understandable and interesting to children.

Merritt Frey
Oct 23 2012 - 8:32am

U.S. EPA has released a new app called My Waterways. The app provides an easy and fun way for members of the public to get a snapshot of the quality of water in their local creeks, rivers, and lakes and what is being done to improve that quality. River Network Partner groups may want to promote this tool with their members, as it is a truly public-friendly way to connect people with simple but useful data.

Merritt Frey
Oct 22 2012 - 9:13am

October brings us a two-for-one River Talk, with both episodes focused on exciting developments in Wisconsin for reducing phosphorus pollution. What is River Talk? Each month (or so) River Network staff interviews a leader in world of river habitat protection and restoration. The idea behind this video series is to allow River Network Partners and others to share their lessons learned with their peers.

In October's second episode we interview Chris Clayton of the Rivers Alliance of Wisconsin. We cover two topics with Chris: 1.) the on the ground work he is doing in Ulao Creek to implement Wisconsin's new approach to controlling phosphorus pollution through numeric water quality criteria and 2.) Chris' reflections on the watery places that keep him engaged in this work.

Merritt Frey
Oct 18 2012 - 1:56pm

Today's the day. The last day. To submit a workshop proposal to share your wisdom at River Rally.

Todd Ambs
Oct 17 2012 - 12:18pm

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