River Network Blogs

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

Merritt Frey
Aug 9 2012 - 3:10pm

Last week I wrote about this year's Dead Zone and how the drought in the Midwest has resulted in a smaller Dead Zone. In that post I pointed out that although a smaller Dead Zone is good, there's no reason to celebrate as the core problems that create the Dead Zone are still there...But wait, there's more.

Merritt Frey
Aug 2 2012 - 2:54pm

Every summer, a team of scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium cruises the Gulf of Mexico -- measuring oxygen levels in the water and reporting back on the status of the Gulf's Dead Zone. The researchers' annual report on the size of the Dead Zone was released last week.

Merritt Frey
Jul 30 2012 - 1:49pm

Last week one of our Partners -- Tennessee Clean Water Network -- had a victory all of us should celebrate. At least all of us who like sewage-free rivers...so really, let's just say all of us.

Merritt Frey
Jul 18 2012 - 9:17am

Yesterday the U.S. EPA hosted a webinar on their Proposed NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule. The subject may sound dry, but many of you may find the information really useful for your local work. The webinar addressed a proposed rule on electronic reporting of information relating to Clean Water Act pollution discharge permits (NPDES permits). Why should you care? Electronic reporting will allow for expanded public access to information…

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

Merritt Frey
Mar 20 2012 - 8:00am

You have until Noon pacific today -- March 20 -- to register for this free webinar on bioassessment and biocriteria with a nationally-recognized, expert instructor!

Merritt Frey
Mar 16 2012 - 5:57am

In late February, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the final, 2012 Nationwide Permits. Every five years the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) reissues a series of general wetland dredge and fill and stream alteration permits known as the Nationwide Permits (NWPs). These permits allow for all types of activities that may harm wetlands and streams.

Merritt Frey
Mar 14 2012 - 3:05pm

The Mississippi River and rivers all around the United States stand to benefit greatly from two lawsuits filed today. If successful, the lawsuits could help limit nutrient pollution -- excessive nitrogen and phosphorus -- which can choke our streams and rivers in algae and create the massive Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.