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

Blog Action Day: Healthy Water Comes From Healthy Nature

October 15th, 2010
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Water's the theme for this year's Blog Action Day -- and Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman reminds us healthy water comes from healthy nature...a connection that water infrastructure planners need to heed. More

Why We Love Rivers, Our Threads of Wildness and Mystery

October 1st, 2010
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Rivers have a way of captivating us. For the Conservancy's Jeff Opperman, it all started with the creek in his backyard as a child. What sparked your love of rivers? Tell us! More

Delta Blues

September 8th, 2010
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Deltas -- they're not just a Greek letter in a frat house name. Human activity is shrinking river deltas worldwide...which is bad news for humans, says the Conservancy's Jeff Opperman. More

From to Tao to Mao to Now: A “Middle Way” for the Yangtze?

July 26th, 2010
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China has historically managed its rivers out of Confucian control rather than Taoist live-and-let-live. But the Conservancy has a plan for the Yangtze that balances the two -- along with the needs of people and nature. More

This Is a Tribute

July 18th, 2010
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What do tribute songs have in common with river conservation? When the original isn't available, you take the tributaries you can get, says Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman. More

Heart-Healthy Bacon = Environmentally Sustainable Hydropower?

May 27th, 2010
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Can there be such a thing as a dam that doesn't ruin nature? Yes -- but you have to think BIG, says the Conservancy's Jeff Opperman. More

A Favorite Earth Song List — What Are Yours?

April 22nd, 2010
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Jeff Opperman returns with a new top 10 (actually, top 14) song list for Earth Day -- read it and leave your favorites in the comments section! More

World Water Day 2010: A River Runs Through It

March 22nd, 2010
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Monday was World Water Day -- celebrate by learning more about the importance of water for our livelihoods...and how you can act on that knowledge. More

H2O = Life

March 11th, 2010
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A new traveling museum exhibit called "Water: H2O = Life" amazes our water blogger Jeff Opperman...with an alternative universe of water-concerned people. More

The Readers’ Top 10 River Songs

March 3rd, 2010
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More than 140 people responded to Jeff Opperman's post about his favorite river songs with their own suggestions -- but which of those were the most popular? More

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