River Network Blogs

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

Jules
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.

Jules
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.

Merritt Frey
Jun 12 2013 - 1:26pm

Earlier this spring I started work on a What Works* snapshot focused on riparian buffer restoration projects striving to achieve water quality, habitat, or other community goals. We need your input to make that What Works report as useful to you and your peers as possible!

Merritt Frey
Jun 4 2013 - 4:42pm

A nice, readable new report from Restore America's Estuaries and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) makes an obvious linkage clear: given what we've done to historic aquatic habitats (i.e. destroyed, fragmented, etc.) , if you want more fish you're going to need more habitat. The report is a short and by no means exhaustive treatment of the topic, but it may be useful to river advocates trying to make the case for the importance of habitat restoration in their own watershed.

Merritt Frey
Apr 1 2013 - 2:03pm

I've been inundated over the last few weeks with invitations to webinar sessions on an amazing area of watery topics. In case you are feeling as overwhelmed by the opportunities as I am, I thought I'd wade through the pile and high-grade the best of the free offerings for you. I've selected three of the most useful, most cutting-edge or otherwise most interesting offerings here for your consideration.

Merritt Frey
Mar 18 2013 - 3:07pm

Over the last year I've heard more and more rumbling about state assumption of the Clean Water Act's wetlands and stream alteration permit program. Case in point: the Alaska Senate's recent passage of a bill tasking the Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource departments with investigating state assumption of the program. "State assumption?" you say. "What's that?"

Merritt Frey
Mar 7 2013 - 2:14pm

The goal of a new River Network report -- Creative Partnerships in Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring: A What Works Snapshot -- is to provide creative ideas for river and watershed groups that are considering either creating a new volunteer monitoring partnership effort or adding a partnership component to their existing efforts.

Merritt Frey
Feb 8 2013 - 3:24pm

How about a little great news to wrap up this cold and snowy week? How about a legal decision that upholds permanent protection for 700 miles of perennial rivers and streams, 29 lakes, and 4,930 acres of wetlands in New Mexico? I'd call that some great news.

Merritt Frey
Jan 29 2013 - 10:19am

The January episode of our on-going video series, River Talk, features one of the true characters of the water world -- Barry Sulkin. In this episode, Barry shares the details of a project to watchdog wetlands mitigation requirements and how you can do this project in your own watershed.

Merritt Frey
Jan 25 2013 - 9:41am

As described in an earlier posting about lost rivers, I have a soft spot for our buried urban creeks. As in many cities, here in Salt Lake our creeks disappear beneath the city. As mentioned in that earlier posting, these creeks are often only traceable through the sounds heard through city drains.
Recently, a co-worker brought to my attention this really interesting website that plays with these sounds of buried streams in a most interesting way.

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.