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

Mississippi River Flooding: Can We Move Past 1928?

July 19th, 2011

The good news about this spring's Mississippi River flooding? Floodplains kept it from being much worse. But just using floodplains as safety valves is so 1928, says Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman. More

Cities and Climate Change: Which Are Most Resilient?

June 7th, 2011

Which U.S. cities are most resilient to climate change -- and what does that mean, anyway? Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman says it's the Rust Belt towns that are doing well -- find out why. More

Methods for Ranking Urban Resilience to Climate Change

June 7th, 2011

How did Jeff Opperman rank US cities' resilience to climate change? Here's a peek at his methods. More

Hot in Cleveland? A Ranking of Cities’ Vulnerability to Climate Change

June 6th, 2011

Jeff Opperman finds that his hometown is ranked the most miserable city in America. But as a conservation scientist he finds a silver lining. More

Floods of Insight: Learning From the 1927 and 2011 Mississippi River Floods

May 25th, 2011

Record water levels forced tough decisions along the Mississippi this month. What did we learn in 1927 to help make those decisions? And what can we learn from these floods? More

5 Ways to ‘Green’ Your Lawn and Garden Care

May 12th, 2011

Our senior freshwater scientist shares some simple steps you can take to keep your lawn and garden looking great while helping to improve the health of your watershed. More

Rising Floodwaters Compel Hard Decisions

April 29th, 2011

A controversial decision to blow up a levee on the Mississippi and cause an intentional flood pits one state against another. Our Jeff Opperman looks at the science behind the battle. More

Getting to Know Your Bacon: Hogs, Farms and Clean Water

March 21st, 2011

Freshwater scientist Jeff Opperman has found a way to indulge in this guilty pleasure with less guilt and greater environmental sustainability. More

Dólares y Dolores Along the Rio Patuca

February 7th, 2011

Find out why a workshop about a proposed dam led to the sad and beautiful poetry—“to them always the dollars, to us always the pain.” More

Americans Choose Sun Over Water: Why That’s Bad News

November 23rd, 2010

Which do you prefer -– abundant blue skies or abundant blue (fresh) water? It may be hard to have both, especially as climate change continues, says Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman. More

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