It’s sticky hot and humid here in North Carolina right now – the kind of days that don’t really cool down all that much at night. And even though those of us who grew up or have lived here for a long time are well used to it, it’s going to keep getting hotter. Already… Read More ›
Boulder, CO (May 24, 2016) – River Network has named Wilma Subra of New Iberia, La., the 2016 James R. Compton River Achievement Award winner. The award was given in recognition of Subra’s long-term dedication to addressing environmental and human health impacts, including her extraordinary attention to issues concerning water resources. Subra’s background includes more… Read More ›
BOULDER, CO (May 24, 2016) – Five leaders from the river and water conservation community have been recognized by national nonprofit organization, River Network, for their exceptional personal and professional achievements in support of river protection and restoration. The 2016 River Heroes are John Linkes of Leechburg, Pa.; Andrew Purkey of Portland, Ore., Derrick Evans… Read More ›
[ADAPTED FROM SPEECH DELIVERED 5/20/16, WELCOMING RIVER RALLY PARTICIPANTS IN MOBILE, ALABAMA] On behalf of my staff and our board, it is my honor and my privilege to welcome you here to Mobile, Alabama for River Rally 2016. Our program is packed with great content to help you in your day-to-day work, provide you with… Read More ›
BOULDER, COLORADO – May 16, 2016 – National organization River Network released a 2016 trends report called Our Water, Our Future: State of River and Watershed Protection this week. The report outlines current conditions of waterways in the U.S. including opportunities and threats to water quality and quantity, and provides an analysis of the diversity… Read More ›
BOULDER, COLORADO – May 10, 2016 – The annual “River Rally” conference will be held in Mobile, Alabama on May 20-23, 2016 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel. The event is the largest annual gathering for river enthusiasts and advocates in the United States. Now in its 17th year, River Rally attracts 400-700 people… Read More ›
BOULDER, COLORADO – April 18, 2016 – The rainwater that falls from your roof after a storm could play an important role in protecting our country’s rivers and streams. In honor of Earth Month (April), River Network, a non-profit organization that exists to support the protection and restoration of rivers and watersheds throughout the United… Read More ›
Is there enough water in your creek to support fish living there? How does the amount of water in your creek impact the physical health of your stream like habitat? In our latest issue of River Voices, we feature an article on Clean Water Act Tools to help understand how to answer these questions. Under… Read More ›
As an advocate for the health of our rivers and the water that flows through them, my attention is periodically drawn to places of crisis. For a couple of decades now, maybe more, I’ve allowed my focus to sit with a place somewhere in the world for sometimes months on end, following the news, listening… Read More ›
Is your watershed covered by one of the country’s 6,700 small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (Small MS4) permits? If so, EPA’s proposed rule may affect how polluted stormwater runoff is addressed under the Clean Water Act in your area. Back in August last year, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Environmental Defense Center (EDC)… Read More ›
For Immediate Release For more information, contact: Becca Marcott, Digital Marketing and Event Manager, River Network 503-617-0236 | bmarcott [@] rivernetwork.org See also rivernetwork.org and grandrapidswhitewater.org BOULDER, COLORADO – January 14, 2016 – River Network announced today that it will hold its 2017 “River Rally” in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 8-11, 2017. The annual… Read More ›
Way before I ever came to work at River Network, The Clean Water Act Owner’s Manual, written by my colleague Gayle Killam, was a well-worn favorite for me and continues to be my regular go-to guide for how the law works. So, as the landmark Clean Water Act turns 43, we thought a look at some of the changes over the past year that continue to affect the details of the law and how it’s implemented would be useful.
Even writing here from North Carolina where we’re under a flash flood watch following days of prolonged rain, a day without water isn’t so hard to imagine given that most of the state has been abnormally dry or under moderate drought lately. But take a second to imagine – what if there was really no water? No clean water to drink, no water with which to flush the toilet, nowhere to paddle and nowhere to swim? Water is essential and we wouldn’t last long, which is why the Value of Water Coalition is working to highlight the need to invest now in our water systems.
“So if when a first order stream and a first order stream come together they make a second order stream, what do you get when a second order stream and a second order stream come together?” I heard my scientist-husband ask my daughter. “A fourth order stream,” she responded like any arithmetic-focused kid. But what… Read More ›
Following up from my previous blog and our most recent issue of River Voices which focused on green infrastructure and urban rivers, it’s worth our time to look at the many components that factor into making green infrastructure a reality. How do we move from demonstration rain gardens to a comprehensive approach that can help create vibrant urban creeks and rivers?