Brian Richter

  In an editorial published this week in Nature, Frederick Kaufman, a journalism professor at the City University of New York, cries out against the perils of a global water futures market. He cautions that “Financial forecasters perceive that much like traditionally traded commodities — precious metals, for example — the useable water of the...

By Brian Richter with Jason Pearson of TRUTHstudio Help Us Communicate the Water Story of our Planet! In a poll taken last year, The Nature Conservancy found that 77% of Americans have absolutely no idea where their water comes from. This lack of understanding about how water is delivered to our homes is symptomatic of broader water...

  When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water. – Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746 The problem with water, many economists say, is the fact that it is essentially free. That may come as a surprise to you if you receive a monthly bill from your local water utility.  But the economists...

  My father used to say that if you want a reliable weather forecast you should step outside and see if you get wet. There’s a lot of wisdom and truth in that advice.  For all the amazing technology we’ve developed for detecting and predicting the weather, there is absolutely no substitute for real-world, on-the-ground...

David Reckford sees the beauty and the good in all things. With the eyes of a trained landscape architect, David peers down from our small plane flying over the Flint River in southwestern Georgia and marvels at the patchwork landscape of forest, farms, and small towns beneath us.  He sees stories in this landscape. As...

Chief Omar Abdalla Hama was pleading with us to help save his people from starving. My colleagues from The Nature Conservancy and I were visiting Ozi Village along the Tana River in southeastern Kenya.  We were exploring opportunities to work with local communities, government officials, and other researchers on a sustainable development plan for the...

  Early in 2001, the Rio Grande River failed to reach the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. With that nefarious event the Rio Grande joined a growing list of once-mighty rivers that are running dry from overuse:  the Colorado River in the U.S., the Yaqui in Mexico, the Indus in Pakistan, the Ganges in...

  Fourteen gallons of water. That’s how much water I’m walking around with in my body mass.  Imagine carrying 120 pounds of water –that’s three nearly full 5-gallon water jugs — around with you all day long, every day of the year. No wonder I’m so tired at the end of the day. You can...

The Army Corps of Engineers is making floods. It’s true.  I’ve seen them doing it.  They’ve been doing it for years.  And it’s a very good thing for fish, frogs, mussels, wetlands, and local communities that depend on the bounty of healthy river systems and estuaries for their livelihoods and economies. As part of a...