A Rivers Poem for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

On NWNL's Upper and Mid-Mississippi River Expedition this spring in Alton Illinois, we saw the following 1926 poem featured in signage at the National Great Rivers Museum (a Melvin Price Locks and Dam Rivers Project run by the US Army Corps of Engineers) "The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967)   A … Continue reading A Rivers Poem for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Water – through the eyes of a child and the lens of a camera

Water - By Child Poet, Hilda Conkling (1910-1986) Photography by Alison M. Jones The world turns softly Not to spill its lakes and rivers. The water is held in its arms And the sky is held in the water. What is water, That pours silver, And can hold the sky? Many of Hilda's poems were … Continue reading Water – through the eyes of a child and the lens of a camera

New web gallery of Pokot Land and People

Upstream dams on the Omo River continue to put pressure on the northern Kenyan Pokot and Turkana tribes, who have been fighting for generations over diminishing resources, water access, grazing lands, and livestock. On a recent expedition, No Water No Life documented alternative options for the local indigenous pastoralists and fishermen. Development projects included bee-keeping … Continue reading New web gallery of Pokot Land and People

A map of all the rivers in the continental US – and only that!

Check out the gorgeous blue life lines on a map by Nelson Minar. Customize your own vector map on Github.

United Nations Commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today NWNL and NYC welcomes the arrival of Native Americans and Allies paddling from Albany to NYC along the Hudson River in the spirit of environmental responsibility. The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is a partnership between six Native American Haudenosaunee Nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora) and the Neighbors of the Onondaga … Continue reading United Nations Commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Living Lands & Waters Celebrates 10th “X-Stream Clean-Up”

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886,960.

That is how much trash 12,490 volunteers have collected from waterways in the Quad Cities over the last 10 years, equalling 35,260 hours.

This Saturday, August 10th, 2013 is the 10th Annual X-Stream Clean-Up. With the help of Living Lands and Waters, the Mighty – though messy – Mississippi River is cleaner not just in the Quad Cities, but up and down the river’s path.

On Thursday, August 8th, 2013, the non-for-profit organization held its annual Barge Party at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island. The event thanks all of LLW’s supporters and kicks off a weekend focused on cleaning up the river and filling up the organization’s barge.

News 8 took a tour of the barge with Crew Member and Education Facilitator, Mike Coyne-Logan, who is originally from Rock Island. On one end of the barge, mountains of trash show the group’s dedication to picking…

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