Jeff Opperman

Jeff Opperman is The Nature Conservancy's senior advisor for sustainable hydropower. He works to promote ecologically sustainable water management in river basins with hydropower infrastructure. Through this work, Jeff has provided strategic and scientific assistance to environmental flow assessments for several rivers in the United States and for the Yangtze River and the Patuca River (Honduras).

Jeff's Posts

How Better Meat Can Mean Less Meat… and More Water

March 18th, 2013

If you're a meat lover, making the conversion to vegetarianism might seem impossible. But “Meatless Mondays” are a straightforward choice that can allow you to reduce your meat consumption AND conserve water. More

The Great Steelhead Rescue

February 5th, 2013

Soon after a century-old mill dam was destroyed by flooding, the small creek behind Jeff Opperman's house played host to dozens of steelhead making their way up the Chagrin River. The freshwater scientist with The Nature Conservancy used their arrival as an opportunity to reflect on nature in the age of human domination. More

Lessons from Our Adventure on the Mekong River

January 29th, 2013

Get the skinny on mischievous monkeys, freshwater dolphins and travel in Southeast Asia from Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman's two children, who recently returned from a 1,500-mile journey down the Mekong River. More

Illuminating the Water-Forests-Power Connection

November 19th, 2012

Though NBC's Revolution is a work of fiction, there are many — too many — people here in the real world that rely on firewood as a source of light and fuel. More

No Power = Clean Water?

November 11th, 2012

A healthy watershed is a prerequisite for clean water, and that's one of the (admittedly few) things the characters in NBC's Revolution have working in their favor. More

Water and Power

November 5th, 2012

We’re working with our friends on NBC’s new drama Revolution to incorporate green elements — or “winks” — in every upcoming episode. More

An Environmental Scientist’s First Read of Silent Spring

September 24th, 2012

Shocking, but true: freshwater ecologist Jeff Opperman hadn't read Silent Spring, until now. So what's his take on the book 50 years later? More

Goodnight Stars’ Twinkling Light, Goodnight Clean Water, Burning Bright

March 21st, 2012

Can conservation make people feel better? Our freshwater scientist shares how one micro sewage treatment plant improves the lives of a small community in Brazil. More

Let’s Not Be the Last Book on the Shelf

December 19th, 2011

Why is nature always last on the list of people's priorities? A trip to a closing Borders bookstore gave Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman some ideas. More

When the Levees Broke: The Flood That Made Rock and Roll

July 21st, 2011

Did you know that a flood created rock and roll? Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman says the 1927 Mississippi River flood drove the migration of Delta Blues musicians northward...where they plugged into amps and got electrified. More

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