“River Conservation, Restoration, and Preservation:  Rewarding Private Behavior to Enhance the Commons" with Bernard W. Sweeney, 2016 

Stream and river systems are a critical component of the world’s commons, providing a public good that is essential to all life. Almost half the stream and river systems in the USA are in poor condition because thousands of institutions and millions of people have historically made — and continue to make — poor decisions about watershed stewardship. The widespread adoption of best management practices (BMPs) in homes, offices, farms, and factories would do a great deal to mitigate existing impairments and prevent further degradation. Recent advances in technology, which allow precise and relatively inexpensive measurements of BMPs’ effectiveness, can provide an unprecedented level of accountability and make possible the use of incentives not previously available. We propose that incentivization can and should supplement education and legislation in promoting the adoption of BMPs, and we focus on rural and agricultural watersheds to explore how to incentivize BMPs to improve conservation, restoration, and preservation practices.


"American Myths, American Dreams: How the Stories We Tell Create the People We Are" WOLFoundation Finalist, 2011

Jamie Blaine's essay was published in An Orange County Almanac and Other Essays (Cultura21 eBooks Series on Culture and Sustainability), which was edited by Joe Zammit-Lucia in collaboration with Cultura21 – a platform for the promotion of cultural and sustainable, social ecological change.

The eBook can be downloaded in pdf format free of charge here, and the Kindle edition of the book is available for $2.99 in the United States. It is also available on European Amazon sites.

In her 1969 book, The Economy of Cities, Jane Jacobs confronted conventional wisdom by suggesting that early humans built cities before they cultivated farms. . .

“Boundless Waters” (Unpublished), Written at Request of the Editor of Waterkeeper, 2010

When we pollute and deplete our streams and rivers, we also imperil our coastal waters. . . READ ARTICLE

“Seeing the Whole River,” Waterkeeper, Winter 2009

Dividing a river into parts, claiming it for economic use and ignoring its natural community, we lose sight of the river itself. . . READ ARTICLE

"The Economy of Trees," with Bernard W. Sweeney, The News Journal, September 25, 2009

The single most important factor in determining the quality of a stream’s water is the amount of forested land in its watershed. . . READ ARTICLE

“Resurrecting the In-Stream Side of Riparian Forests,” Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, Issue 136, June 2007

Changing the riparian area alters a stream’s ecosystem. It is time for policy makers at all levels of government to provide incentives to restore and conserve these crucial, historically forested riparian zones. . . READ ARTICLE

“Enhanced Source-Water Monitoring for New York City: Historical Framework, Political Context, and Program Design,”, with Bernard W. Sweeney, David B. Arscott, Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 25:4, 2006

It is now clear that freshwater biodiversity is in crisis and that each species or ecosystem lost to degradation results in a concomitant loss of ecosystem services that are critical to the long-term sustainability of humanity on the planet. Nowhere is the need to rethink water-resource management more critical than in urban areas. One of the most extensive and complex water supply systems in the US is that of New York City, which is the largest source of unfiltered water in the world, supplying over 9 million people with more than 1.2 billion gallons of water per day. The Stroud Water Research Center’s six-year study sought to create a baseline of water quality and ecosystem health for the streams and reservoirs that provide drinking water to New York City and to relate current conditions to land use/cover. . . READ ARTICLE

“Enhanced Source-Water Monitoring for New York City: Summary and Perspective,” with Bernard W. Sweeney, David B. Arscott et al, Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 25:4, 2006

A summary of the Stroud Water Research Center’s large-scale enhanced water-quality monitoring project, which created a baseline of water quality and ecosystem health for the streams and reservoirs that provide drinking water to New York City. . . READ ARTICLE

“Getting to the Root of the Problem,” Philadelphia Inquirer

Elementary school students take part in Pennsylvania’s TreeVitalize program, part of a larger movement to reverse the economically and environmentally ruinous process of substituting multibillion-dollar construction projects for natural infrastructure and to tap instead the benefits that nature provides free of charge. . . READ ARTICLE

“Volunteers work to restore forests,” Daily Local News, December 5, 2005

Planting trees and restoring forests can protect our sources of fresh water. . . READ ARTICLE

“Images of God” (unpublished), 2000

Surely, they are the stigmata of the modern world, those hands smeared with Israeli blood, thrust out from the smiling face of the Palestinian boy to the cheering crowd . . . READ ARTICLE


“A Small Boy: Ruminations on a News Photo—A Story" (And, the newspaper’s correction two weeks later.) August 2008 READ STORY