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Blog Grab Bag #1

July 27, 2011Patrick NunnallyUncategorizedComments Off on Blog Grab Bag #1
One of the challenges of working on questions of sustainable rivers is tracking how much, and how varied, there is taking place on the subject.  I currently follow about 20 bloggers and a hundred or so Twitter feeds, which really isn’t all that many by comparison to people who are really in the digital realm.  But it’s a handful for me to try to keep track of!

Another challenge is the issue of scale.  While to some extent all river issues are local, they are simultaneously issues that require thinking at the scale of a watershed.

The Freshwater Society, located in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota, tracks issues of fresh water at varying scales.  Its blog is a good source for quite diverse information, nearly always focusing on matters of policy and science.  The entry linked here is particularly apt for my subject today since it is itself a digest summary of current issues.

Hydro-Logic, written by hydrologist M. Garcia, is acutely aware of the “web-like” potential that bloggers have to connect with each other and to form a conversation on particular subjects.  See, in addition to his note of other blogs he follows (and that I do also) his “blog roll” on the left column of his page.  One way to learn some of the basics of the complex discussions taking place on hydrology, and some of the intersections of hydrology with related scientific disciplines, and with policy and engineering, would be to familiarize yourself with these blogs.

I’ve written before about the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s Mississippi River Basin Blog, compiled by policy analyst Mark Gorman.  It remains an indispensable update on national policy issues facing the Mississippi River basin.

The goal of achieving inclusive, sustainable rivers requires action in engineering, planning, policy and design realms as well as a basis in good science.  The blog Landscape+Urbanism   regularly offers very thoughtful insights on the artful place-making that is required to develop sustainable places that are good human spaces as well.

This is just a quick run-down.  I’ll write again soon with some discussion of blogs that address the three areas of knowledge and practice that we focus on:  science, policy (and engineering, planning, etc.) and expressive forms such as art, story, design.

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