River Network Blogs

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

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 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.

Merritt Frey
Feb 8 2012 - 12:43pm

Five stories and resources from the last week you don't want to miss:

EPA's proposed bacteria standards let 1 in 28 swimmers fall ill

Merritt Frey
Jan 30 2012 - 5:05pm

Environmentalists have a reputation for being overly serious. For not celebrating victories. For missing the joy. I'm not saying that reputation is deserved, but I am saying I know one event that completely disproves these accusations: the River Heroes banquet.

Travis Leipzig
Jan 27 2012 - 6:29pm

In the Unites States, approximately 520 billion kilowatt hours of electricity - equivalent to 13% of the nation's total electricity consumption - are used each year to pump, heat and treat water. Cutting down water use in and around your home can help conserve water resources (also helps cuts down your water bill), conserves energy use (again saving you money) and reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with the energy used to move, heat and treat the water you use. Measure your water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions savings potential with the Alliance for Water Efficiency's great new website and tool, Home Water Works, launched last week. Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.

Merritt Frey
Jan 26 2012 - 5:32pm

I'm late with the Wednesday Roundup again but I have a good excuse. Several good excuses.

Todd Ambs
Jan 26 2012 - 2:19pm

It is 2012, a full 40 years since Congress passed the Federal Water Pollution Control Amendments of 1972, better known as the Clean Water Act. The bill was vetoed by then President Nixon, but overridden by a Congress tired of watching rivers catch on fire and raw sewage flushing into community waterways. Today it seems appropriate to take stock of how far we have come thanks to this landmark legislation, how far we have to go and perhaps some ideas on how to get there.

So to get this conversation going I offer, Forty Thoughts for Forty Years:

Merritt Frey
Jan 24 2012 - 10:06am

We hear a lot about mercury's impact on human health, and rightfully so. However, a new study finds that mercury may be just as much of a concern for birds, bats and other wildlife.

Merritt Frey
Jan 22 2012 - 9:48am

Join us on Wednesday, February 15 at Noon eastern/11 central/10 mountain/9 pacific for a River Network webinar on a fundamental tool of the Clean Water Act – water quality standards.

Merritt Frey
Jan 18 2012 - 6:47pm

Five stories and resources you won't want to miss from the week...

Keystone XL Permit Denied…For Now

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.