Written by Jeff Opperman | January 5th, 2010
Reducing floods through dams on rivers like the Zambezi can actually make the floods that do happen catastrophic. How can conservation help?
Written by Jeff Opperman | December 17th, 2009
Climate change is changing water in big and potentially dangerous ways, says Conservancy water expert Jeff Opperman — and we need to start adapting now.
Written by Jeff Opperman | November 26th, 2009
While those who work in freshwater conservation frequently (and understandably) emphasize the daunting array of threats to aquatic ecosystems, Thanksgiving seems a good time to reflect on reasons for optimism and, well, gratitude. I live near Cleveland, a city that since the 1960s has been known primarily for sports heartbreaks and the rather incongruous event […]
Written by Jeff Opperman | November 13th, 2009
I just started writing this blog on freshwater conservation, so I should be talking about river flows and floodplain fisheries and such. But last night I saw Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform in Cleveland and I can’t get it out of my head. In his words, Springsteen was continuing the “lifelong conversation” […]
Written by Jeff Opperman | October 14th, 2009
How do you convince people that a river they’ve known their whole lives is not the river it once was…or could be? That turned out to be my challenge last week, when I traveled to Zambia in support of The Nature Conservancy’s new project to restore the Zambezi River. After several days of meetings with […]
Written by Jeff Opperman | September 24th, 2009
I was tucking my five-year-old daughter into bed and, as kids tend to do, she launched into a series of questions — part curiosity, part stalling tactic. Her topic that night was employment, and she asked why various people did what they did, such as: “Why is Aunt Amy a doctor?” I mustered a response […]