River Network Blogs

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

Merritt Frey
Oct 28 2013 - 3:44pm

As many of you are well aware, for years now there has been a debate raging about which waters and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. This debate harks back to two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) and 2006 (Rapanos v. United States).

Those decisions, and policy decisions made by the Bush Administration, have thrown into question the status of the Clean Water Act's ability to protect some wetlands and streams, by confusing the question of what waters the Act has "jurisdiction" over.

Right now, a draft scientific report "Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters” is out for public comment from the U.S. EPA Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

Merritt Frey
Oct 25 2013 - 7:19am

Every so often we like to remind our Partners about the collection of resources our programs make available to you. In that spirit, River Network’s Habitat Program is sharing a collection of our program’s web-based resources – both new and old. If you haven’t explored these tools and resources recently (or ever!), please do so today and find the tools that will best help you to stay connected with tools and resources to make your work easier and stronger.

Merritt Frey
Oct 17 2013 - 11:49am

Have you been pondering tackling restoration of the riparian buffers along your local creek? Been working on this type of restoration for years and always wondered how other organizations tackled similar problems? You might be interested in our just released Restoring Riparian Buffers: A What Works Snapshot.

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?