River Network Blogs

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

Merritt Frey
Jan 13 2012 - 10:53am

I hate to do a post that just says "read this," but sometimes a piece of writing is so compelling there is little to add except an exhortation to engage with the thinking. A recent paper -- Water-Use Efficiency and Productivity: Rethinking the Basin Approach -- by Peter Gleick and two of his colleagues at the Pacific Institute is just such a piece.

Merritt Frey
Jan 11 2012 - 8:02am

Five Stories and Resources You Don't Want to Miss From the Last Week

Sackett v. EPA Argued at Supreme Court on Monday

Merritt Frey
Jan 10 2012 - 9:48am

In the last week it seems like suddenly everyone in the West is talking about the weather -- or the lack of it. The lack of snow and hence snow pack in particular. While it is early in the season and much can still change, the current clear skies seem to be motivating a flurry of media coverage of issues related to snow, climate, flows and related concerns in the region.

Travis Leipzig
Jan 5 2012 - 6:27pm

The effects of climate change are vast. As are the means by which climate change adaptation can happen. Unfortunately, climate change can be a touchy, scary and even angering subject for some folks. So when communicating the issues around climate change adaptation, advocates must tailor their messaging to resonate with the specific audience they are targeting - or, "bring climate change home." One unarguably neat new resource that can help you literally bring the effects of climate change home is NRDC's new interactive Extreme Weather Event map. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.

Merritt Frey
Jan 4 2012 - 7:18pm

Five Don't Miss News Stories and Resources from the Last Week (or so)

Merritt Frey
Dec 22 2011 - 8:49am

Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a draft document detailing new recreational water quality criteria for bacteria. Comments on the draft document are due February 21, 2012.

Merritt Frey
Dec 21 2011 - 9:52am

This week’s Roundup actually covers several weeks’ worth of news. Due to the cold/flu-of-the-century, I’ve been in a largely news-free bubble for something approaching ten days. So, the fact that these five stories broke through the NyQuil induced haze of the last few weeks means they are that much more must-read.

Travis Leipzig
Dec 16 2011 - 6:48pm

Scheduled to go into effect this January, the Federal lighting efficiency standard that was signed into law by President Bush as a part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, has now effectively been shot dead in the water. Today, a Federal omnibus bill was passed that prohibits the Department of Energy from spending any money to enforce the efficiency standards. Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Dec 9 2011 - 5:37pm

Check out this week's re-posting of Duke University's The Climate Post to learn: Which GOP Presidential candidate was the last of the group to announce his climate skepticism (oficially making all GOP candidates skeptics...); Why there is little hope for an agreement coming out of the UN climate negotiations happening in South Africa; and, why the US companies are claiming they are being harmed by the massive growth in China's solar industry. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.

Wendy Wilson
Dec 5 2011 - 4:51pm

Water is becoming the Achilles’ heel of the electric industry. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report "Freshwater Use by US Power Plants: Electricity's Thirst for a Precious Resource" shows how we currently divert three Niagara Falls’ worth of freshwater into thermoelectric power plants -- more than 4 times what is used in all U.S. residences and equivalent to all of irrigated agriculture. The good news is that promoting water conserving alternatives (closed-loop, dry cooling, etc.) may have an important side-effect: reducing our nation’s carbon footprint. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.

Merritt Frey
Dec 2 2011 - 7:54am

Don't tell the serious anglers who sit on the Blue Ribbon Fisheries Council with me, but this Bert and Ernie sketch may as well be my fishing strategy given my success rate.

Merritt Frey
Dec 1 2011 - 8:32am

Did you miss the hottest webinar yet in our Habitat Webinar series – the Clean Water Act Through the Biological Lens with Professor Robert Adler? Never fear, the recorded version is here!

Merritt Frey
Nov 30 2011 - 2:17pm

With the holiday filling up a big chunk of the week for this week's Wednesday Roundup, we were a bit concerned we wouldn't have enough news to share here.

Wendy Wilson
Nov 30 2011 - 11:28am

Recently River Network started a Peer Learning Network for 20 local leaders who are helping communities respond to climate change. The projects represented in the PLN range from planning for wetland migration as sea-levels rise to preventing water contamination from natural gas hydro-fracking. There are at least three “themes” to this work: 1) Working collaboratively (often with water and energy utilities) to reduce impacts of climate change, 2) Community-level planning for more frequent “natural” disasters, and 3) maintaining habitat for native species. We have much to learn from each other as we grapple with what climate change means to each of us. In structure, River Network has more in common with the Occupy Movement than a national environmental organization.

Travis Leipzig
Nov 28 2011 - 2:45pm

Is your Nation running low on it's supply of precious finite oil reserves?! No worries, just have some sent over from neighboring countries! Never mind the environmental concern with the transport, refining and burning of the oil, it's still "less expensive" than those other ludicrous renewable, non thermoelectric sources of energy. At least that is about the gist I get from the currently operational Keystone oil pipeline and the proposed - but delayed for further environmental review (thank god) - Keystone XL Pipeline project. Check out this article from the blog EcoCentric about the proposed Keystone XL project, the threats it poses for the health of our nation, and the ever increasing need to address on a federal level the issue of water, energy and food coordinated management. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.