Tag: Jeff Opperman

My Top 10 Water Songs: The Unheralded (and Mostly Texas) Edition

Written by | February 11th, 2010

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The search for the top 10 H2O-themed songs continues as Clay Carrington gives us his favorite watery tunes…most from Texas, some not. Have you heard any of these?

From Drumbeats to Texts & Tweets: Different Ways to Say ‘The River is Rising’

Written by | January 5th, 2010

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Reducing floods through dams on rivers like the Zambezi can actually make the floods that do happen catastrophic. How can conservation help?

Adapting to Climate Change? Try Adapting to Water Change

Written by | December 17th, 2009

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Climate change is changing water in big and potentially dangerous ways, says Conservancy water expert Jeff Opperman — and we need to start adapting now.

Giving Thanks for Cleaner Lakes and Rivers (Even the Cuyahoga)

Written by | November 26th, 2009

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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 […]

Springsteen & the Conservation Ethic: ‘You Can’t Save Everybody, But You Gotta Try’

Written by | November 13th, 2009

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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” […]

Fish and People on the Edge: Why the Zambezi River Looks OK, But Isn’t

Written by | October 14th, 2009

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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 […]

Wisdom from the Mouths of Babes: Feeling Better through Conservation

Written by | September 24th, 2009

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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 […]

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