River Network Blogs

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

Merritt Frey
Jul 10 2012 - 5:02pm

I wanted to share a new feature we've been working on here in the Habitat program -- interviews with some of the leaders in our river world. The idea behind this video series is to allow River Network Partners and others to share their lessons learned with their peers. The video clips are short -- from one to five minutes -- so even busy river advocates can take a quick time out to learn and be inspired.

Wendy Wilson
Jul 8 2012 - 12:32pm

I spent several days this week reconnecting with Idaho's Salmon River -- rafting the clear green water that fills the canyon and courses over the bare bones of the earth.

Merritt Frey
Jul 2 2012 - 8:22am

Just a few weeks ago, I posted about the amazing restoration of an urban stretch of Utah's Ogden River. The project is now getting additional attention, and the headline says it all -- Former nuisance waterway now a prime attraction in Ogden.

Wendy Wilson
Jun 26 2012 - 11:38pm

What goes into our grid matters a lot. Thermoelectric energy is the fastest growing use of water in the country. Reservoirs used for hydropower evaporate more water than all of the cooling towers in the country combined. Looked at together, the Water Footprint of Electricity in this country is 42 gallons of water -- used, withdrawn, consumed and polluted -- for every kilowatt hour generated. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.

Merritt Frey
Jun 25 2012 - 1:59pm

This Saturday I managed to get the best of both worlds -- feeling like I was contributing something to the greater good while playing in a stream. What brings those two things together? Volunteer monitoring.

Merritt Frey
Jun 20 2012 - 9:06am

What makes a river a river? The shape and pattern of the rivers and creeks we love is as familiar as the proverbial back of our hand...but what makes that meandering flow pattern so consistent across various rivers?

Merritt Frey
Jun 13 2012 - 4:51pm

Yesterday was one of those days that make you love your job. Instead of meetings and email, I spent the day touring the Weber River and Ogden River watersheds with a bunch of dedicated people working to restore these great Utah rivers. The centerpiece of the tour was certainly a stop at a visionary urban river restoration project in the City of Ogden.

Travis Leipzig
Jun 13 2012 - 9:38am

We often hear of proposals for coal, oil or gas drilling/mining sites, export pipelines and terminals, new power plant construction, or the potential environmental effects of all of these projects, but we rarely get to visually observe what these operations truly entail - unless you are truly living in the heart of it all, in which case you have my purest sentiments. Well thanks to a savvy photojournalist with Business Insider and a small Cessna 172, we can now all clearly see the outright environmental devastation caused along the life-cycle of an Alberta oil sands open mining operation. Click the title, image or here to read the full post.

Merritt Frey
Jun 11 2012 - 1:21pm

If you need some good news to get your week started off right, look no further. A story describing how quickly and boisterously life is returning after the Elwha Dam was removed last September is sure to lift your spirits. Even on a Monday.

Merritt Frey
Jun 6 2012 - 11:43am

The current High Country News has an interesting opinion piece on Colorado's water quantity law, and efforts to change it. Anyone interested in water in the West should give the piece a read, because it raises issues about water law and the public interest which are applicable around the region.

Travis Leipzig
May 31 2012 - 5:25pm

Is your program or organization working to promote both electricity and water conservation? Nominate your program for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency's (AWE) latest efforts to identify exemplary energy and water programs within the U.S. and Canada that can be used as models to help others improve existing programs or develop new initiatives. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.

Travis Leipzig
May 29 2012 - 7:46pm

Calling all States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, grassroots, non-regulatory entities, and clean water advocates located in the Western United States. Is your local water body in need of protection? Are you interested in establishing a new, or expanding an existing watershed group? This is the opportunity for you! Apply today to receive up to $50K in Federal support! Click the title, image, or here to view the full post.

Travis Leipzig
May 23 2012 - 6:06pm

Most utilities, state and federal agencies view hydropower as a source of clean, renewable electricity. Unfortunately, neither of these assumptions are necessarily accurate. Large hydro dam operations are some of the most water consumptive sources of electricity available, and, according to a new report - depending on regional location - some hydroelectric facility full life cycle greenhouse gas emissions can rival that of natural gas power plants. Click the title, image, or here to view the full post.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 13 2012 - 5:02pm

The impacts of climate change and their effects on water resources are already being seen across the nation and will only get worse. From warmer temperatures, to more frequent and intense storm events, to rising sea levels, to increased flooding or drought - like it or not, climate change is coming and it will affect your community and the fresh water you rely on. Is your state prepared, or taking steps to be prepared for these inevitable changes? Click the title, image or here to view the full post.

Wendy Wilson
Apr 12 2012 - 11:36am

Spring brings rebirth -- new hope -- and renewed enthusiasm for tackling the earth's problems. A new NRDC report on state "climate readiness" is a great resource to inspire your next earth-oriented local campaign. The interactive map quickly compares where your state is in the challenging process of climate planning and implementing adaptation strategies. Water protection leaders should download this report and spend some time poking around the interactive tool. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.