River Network Blogs

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

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 19 2009 - 6:05pm

The Groundwater Protection Council has provided links to over 100 presentations from the Water-Energy Sustainability Symposium they hosted this past September in Salt Lake City.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 19 2009 - 4:26pm

Earlier this week I attended a conference hosted by the Johnson Foundation called Examining US Freshwater Systems and Services: Reducing Conflicts at the Energy-Water Interface. All and all the conference was a great event and some excellent thinking and materials on the water-energy nexus were gathered by the Johnson Foundation. Continue reading for links to selected materials and some background on the conference.

Merritt Frey
Nov 19 2009 - 8:34am

Yesterday morning, NPR's Morning Edition program ran the story Water Use Is Lower Than It Was 30 Years Ago. The story was an interview with Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute and his take on the most recent per capita water use numbers by the USGS.

Merritt Frey
Nov 17 2009 - 3:38pm

If you were looking for a state more different than those in the Intermountain West, you might pick Florida. And in many ways you'd be right. But a huge decision about nutrient pollution in Florida is going to make waves as far away as our Western backyard…or our backyard rivers anyway.

Merritt Frey
Nov 16 2009 - 12:57pm

The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program is a Clean Water Act program for identifying and restoring waters that do not meet water quality standards (impaired waters). According to U.S. EPA's online ATTAINS database, states report 56,391 river miles are impaired by flow alterations. Yet the same database lists exactly 0 TMDLs completed for flow alterations.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 12 2009 - 3:29pm

Public Citizen, a national nonprofit public interest organization, has compiled a policy brief with case studies on the conflicts between nuclear power production and water.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 6 2009 - 2:56pm

Pacific Institute has released a concise, three page analysis of the United States Geological Survey's latest assessment of water use in the United States.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 6 2009 - 11:44am

The idea that water is the new carbon – a concept espoused on this blog not once, but twice – has taken on a new dimension. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation announced this past August that they have started world’s first water offset market, allowing businesses and individuals to offset their water use in the same fashion as one would offset their carbon emissions.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 5 2009 - 3:59pm

Due to concerns over drinking water contamination, Chesapeake Energy has decided not to drill for natural gas within New York City's watershed.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 5 2009 - 3:35pm

The global health care giant Abbott has reduced its annual water use by one billion gallons - or 37% - bringing the company remarkably close to meeting its water conservation goal of 40% nearly two years ahead of schedule.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 5 2009 - 3:23pm

The great website Circle of Blue reports that the Global Public Policy Network convened a meeting this week to discuss the critical intersections between water and climate change.

Merritt Frey
Nov 5 2009 - 9:29am

Sweeping new legislation in California underlines how drought and population growth can alter what have long been seen as hard and fast political lines.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 4 2009 - 6:23pm

On October 26, 2009, over 50 water professionals, river activists, educators and utility representatives met at Portland State University for River Network's Saving Water, Saving Energy: Integrated Approaches to Addressing Climate Change and Protecting Rivers workshop. Participants gathered to learn about the connections between water, energy and climate change and network with their peers working on these issues.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 4 2009 - 12:10pm

A few weeks ago, the American Association for the Advancement of Science along with 17 of the country's most esteemed scientific bodies wrote a letter to the Senate describing the scientific consensus that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are changing the climate.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 3 2009 - 6:22pm

Last week, a number of experts shared their research on the water-energy nexus in Copenhagen, Denmark for the International Water Association's Water & Energy 2009 conference.