River Network Blogs

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

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.

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.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 12 2012 - 6:36pm

After new research made the connection between a long series of seismic activity to nearby hyrdaulic fracturing operations in Youngstown, Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced Friday new regulations for hydraulic fracturing as a means to extract natural gas. The new regulations make Ohio's requirements for monitoring and disposing of fracking fluids among the toughest in the nation. Click the title, image or to read the full post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 6 2012 - 5:48pm

Are you working on climate change adaptation in you community? Having difficulties making the leap from that research you worked so hard on, to seeing action carried out? Finding it difficult to communicate the importance of adaptation in a certain social or political demographic who may not be willing to accept the existence of climate change? You don't need to keep banging your head on your desk trying to reinvent the wheel! Join the Climate Access network to tap into the world of resources that are out there and readily available to help you succeed! Click here to view the full post.

Travis Leipzig
Mar 5 2012 - 6:29pm

According to the US EPA, the average american home wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water every year (more than 1 trillion gallons wasted nationally!) due to running toilets (you'd think they'd get tired), dripping faucets and other various household leaks. Why waste all this freshwater, embedded energy, and utility expenses? There are things you can do to make sure you're not caught drippin'! Click here to view the full post.