River Network Blogs

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

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.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 3 2009 - 3:20pm

The California Energy Commission recently won a court decision that will allow the state to set higher water efficiency standards for clothes washers. This is a great victory for water efficiency and the California standards should set the bar for a national mandate.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 3 2009 - 11:14am

California received over $35 million in funding through the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program and decided to address their water and energy problems at the same time by targeting clothes washers with the highest rebates.

Merritt Frey
Nov 2 2009 - 1:29pm

If you missed last week’s Antidegradation in the Intermountain West 101/201 webinar, you can now listen and watch an online recording.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Oct 29 2009 - 5:51pm

The Columbia Water Center is a great resource for information on all things water. Today they had a blog post with a nice and succinct description of what is meant by "the water-energy nexus."

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Oct 29 2009 - 5:27pm

The USGS has FINALLY released it's latest estimates of water use in the United States. The results come from their 2005 assessment and provide the best available quantification of water use across the country.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Oct 28 2009 - 6:00pm

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences lists more efficient showerheads as one of 17 key actions that people can take to reduce carbon emissions.

Merritt Frey
Oct 28 2009 - 6:54am

We're hearing a lot about the need increased enforcement of the Clean Water Act and U.S. EPA statements about commitments to do just that these days. But how is that rhetoric trickling down to the Intermountain West?

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Oct 20 2009 - 6:52pm

The Government Accountability Office just released a new report analyzing the state of knowledge with regards to the interface of water and energy production. The report’s subtitle seems to more or less sums up their findings: Improvements to Federal Water Use Data Would Increase Understanding of Trends in Power Plant Use.

Merritt Frey
Oct 20 2009 - 11:27am

File under things you'd rather not think about: How Safe Is Your Drinking Water? NPR's Terry Gross addressed this topic on her radio show, Fresh Air yesterday.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Oct 18 2009 - 6:57pm

Today, The Oregonian ran a piece I wrote describing how water conservation can save energy. I used my hometown of Portland, OR as an example to show how communities often rely on auxiliary, or marginal, water supplies that require more energy than primary supplies.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Oct 16 2009 - 3:38pm

350.org is one of the best organizations devoted solely to addressing the climate crisis. On Saturday, Oct. 24, join concerned citizens from around the world in 350.org’s International Day of Climate Action.