River Network Blogs

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

Merritt Frey
Oct 1 2013 - 9:49am

I've been remiss in posting news here about a big announcement from the Obama Administration about a key Clean Water Act policy piece -- the policy defining which waters receive protection under the Clean Water Act (often called "jurisdiction" or "the waters of the U.S. issue" for short).

Merritt Frey
Sep 23 2013 - 2:38pm

Everyone seems to agree -- River Rally is pretty much the best river conference out there. People come year after year to learn, celebrate and rejuvenate. Even I love Rally, and I'm a terrible grump about conference and meetings generally. Now YOU have the chance to make River Rally even better by submitting a workshop proposal!

Sep 13 2013 - 1:07pm

After much ado about sea spray, salmon, deserted beaches and pacific driftwood, we finally pulled ourselves away from the west coast.

Aug 31 2013 - 7:28am

School started. I have been in the Redwoods doing math and reading. It is so fun. I am reading a book called, Captain’s Dog.

Merritt Frey
Aug 17 2013 - 10:17am

U.S. EPA says nutrient pollution from nitrogen and phosphorus "... is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems..." Yet states have been excruciatingly slow to develop water quality criteria -- limits on the "safe" amount of a pollutant -- for nutrients. A new U.S. EPA website is tracking that slow progress in a way that makes it easy for you to see what your state is (or is not) doing on to address the problem.

Aug 13 2013 - 10:56pm

Go to Alaska! Take ferries, kayaks, catamarans, canoes or bush planes. But go! And when you get there, go where the locals go. Follow their trails, listen to their stories, hike to the ice caves.

Merritt Frey
Aug 5 2013 - 2:23pm

In late July, Washington's Pollution Control Hearings Board issued an interesting decision regarding a 401 water quality certification of a proposed relicensing of a hydropower project. The decision could have statewide ramifications, requiring that the state's Department of Ecology consider aesthetic and scenic values of rivers as they contemplate 401 certifications.

Jul 23 2013 - 9:50am

Hi, Johnny here – -

I have been on the road for about one month. I have been in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.

Merritt Frey
Jul 18 2013 - 3:43pm

River Network just recently announced we are continuing our partnership with Bridgestone Americas on their One Team, One Planet Spent Tire Program. Since Earth Day 2012, this program has salvaged and recycled more than 25,000 tires through volunteers' hard work at more than 80 river cleanups.

Jul 15 2013 - 10:44am

Now that we’ve been on the road in the West for four weeks, we are reminded how beautiful and important water is to the region.

Jul 8 2013 - 1:31pm

We have been seriously unplugged for the last two weeks but we are showered and eager to reconnect. We are finding our travel rhythm in the earth, wind, fire and water.

Merritt Frey
Jun 27 2013 - 5:23pm

Ever searched high and low to find a volunteer water quality monitoring group to partner with on tracking the success of your newest restoration project? Ever wanted to learn how to be a volunteer monitor yourself? Ever wanted to find other volunteer monitoring groups to share ideas and questions with?

Johnny, Jules and Charlie
Jun 18 2013 - 9:09am

We are officially going with the flow. With boats, bikes, each other, and the wonderful opportunity to use our travels to promote river and watershed protection, we are on our way today!

Merritt Frey
Jun 13 2013 - 12:30pm

So I've been pretty much obsessed lately with efforts to protect and restore riparian buffers. Maybe you've noticed. But they're just so dreamy! A good buffer along your local creek can improve water quality, limit flood damage, improve property values, provide a home for wildlife...the list just goes on and on. But at least in one county (and I bet it isn't just one), efforts are underway to remove protections for these valuable areas.