“That’s a lot of water…”

“That’s a lot of water…”

It was a lot of water. More water than I’m used to seeing rushing towards the canyon section of Northwest Washington state’s North Fork Nooksack River. A few stomachs flipped as we peered over the bridge at the thousands of cubic feet of water blowing right past us,...
What does the Inflation Reduction Act mean for rivers

What does the Inflation Reduction Act mean for rivers

On August 16, 2022 President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, which will provide an estimated $369 billion to tackle climate change over the next decade. That’s a big number, but what does it mean for rivers? Overall, this is a bold step forward, as...
A New Threat Looms over California – A Megaflood

A New Threat Looms over California – A Megaflood

It has become clear that there’s another threat looming just over the horizon for California – a mega-flood. A new study from Daniel Swain and Xingying Huang of UCLA provides dire modeling of how climate change will impact weather patterns throughout the state, with...
Methane Emission is Hydropower’s Dirty Secret

Methane Emission is Hydropower’s Dirty Secret

As climate change fuels increasingly severe floods and droughts, the value of clean, healthy rivers becomes even more essential. And as we prioritize and increase investment in low- or no-carbon energy sources, it’s vital that we have all the information about costs and benefits of alternatives to fossil fuels. While hydropower dams will continue to play a role in our nation’s energy portfolio, it is important to acknowledge that both reservoirs and hydropower generation contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.