River Network Blogs

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

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.

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?"