beautiful painted faces in the spirit of Halloween

New pix shared

Check out NWNL’s new photo gallery – Mara River Basin: Use and abuse of its water resources.

USA:  Louisiana, the Atchafalaya Basin, Gulf Island Fabrication Plant, on Route 311 south of Houma (Terrabonne Parish), white ibis (Eudocimus albus)
USA: Louisiana, Atchafalaya Basin, Gulf Island Fabrication Plant, on Rte 311 south of Houma (Terrabonne Parish), white ibis (Eudocimus albus)

on the road / on the river

USA: Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee River Confluence
USA: Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee River Confluence

I started out thinking of America as highways and state lines. As I got to know it better, I began to think of it as rivers. Most of what I love about the country is a gift of the rivers. . . . America is a great story, and there is a river on every page of it.


~ Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt

USA:  Louisiana, the Atchafalaya Basin, Morgan City waterfront seen from Berwick's Belleview Front Street, the Long-Allen Bridge, (aka "the old bridge" or The Atchafalaya Bridge used by LA 182 to cross the Atchafalaya River), and behind is the E.J. Lionel Grizzaffi Bridge (aka "the new bridge" for Interstate 90 to cross the Atchafalaya River)
USA: Louisiana, the Atchafalaya Basin, Morgan City waterfront seen from Berwick’s Belleview Front Street, the Long-Allen Bridge, (aka “the old bridge” or The Atchafalaya Bridge used by LA 182 to cross the Atchafalaya River), and behind is the E.J. Lionel Grizzaffi Bridge (aka “the new bridge” for Interstate 90 to cross the Atchafalaya River)

Meander Scars of the Great Mississippi

As we’ve learned on expedition, paths will change, unexpected twists and turns are inevitable. Over time, the Mississippi River too, has changed its course, so beautifully depicted in Harold Fisk’s hand-colored maps from 1944 in a report for the US Army Corps of Engineers. This twisted timeline of rainbow ribbons go as far back as some 2000 years, tracing the various stages of the Mississippi. These maps remind us that it is crucial to look backwards to understand hydrological history and examine engineered systems, as we look forward in a sustainable direction.

Here’s a great article on NPR which includes the full set of maps connecting Illinois to Louisiana…
http://www.npr.org/blogs/inside/2010/07/14/128511984/twisted-history-the-wily-mississippi-cuts-new-paths

Read about LSU’s new physical model being developed (of key coastal areas) expected to open in Summer 2014: http://www.lsu.edu/departments/gold/2013/03/river_studies.shtml

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Foiled !

Today I tried to go to the Shiloh Indian Mounds in TN and the Holcut Memorial in MS (dedicated to a town submerged in the 80’s when the Feds constructed the Tennessee- Tombigbee Waterway). This is what I saw at both places:

closed-gov-shutdown

It’s the same shut gate I’ve seen on this month’s expedition at Great Smoky Mountain Nat’l Park, Wheeler Nat’l Park, Lookout Mtn Nat’l Park, etc.  Let’s hope this shutdown is resolved soon and I can get in to document Dale Hollow Nat’l Fish Hatchery, Big South Fork Nat’l River Area, Oak Ridge Nat’l Lab (for interview on climate change), the Land between the Lakes Nat’l Recreation Area, Shawnee Nat’l Forest, Cincinnati’s EPA Cluster Lab on Water Technology, et al.

Our National Parks, historic Parks, River Areas, and national Labs are probably more extensive and significant than most of us ever realize. On this expedition – with so many barriers up – I am overwhelmed by how much we take them for granted and what we lose when we don’t have them.

Hovering above the Tennessee River Basin

USA: Tennessee, Appalachia, Tennessee River Basin, SouthWings plane used in aerial flite of Chattanooga Region, Bowater Paper and Pulp Plant on Hiwassie River
USA: Tennessee, Appalachia, Tennessee River Basin, SouthWings plane used in aerial flite of Chattanooga Region, Bowater Paper and Pulp Plant on Hiwassie River