Archive for December, 2013

I Was Made Erect and Lone

December 31, 2013
USA-Minnesota, Itasca State Park (Headwaters of the Mississippi River)

USA-Minnesota, Itasca State Park (Headwaters of the Mississippi River)

I Was Made Erect and Lone

I was made erect and lone

And within me is the bone

Still my vision will be clear

Still my life will not be drear

To the center all is near

Where I sit there is my throne…

 

Poem by Henry David Thoreau

It’s almost WINTER!

December 20, 2013

Here are our favorite pix of WINTER
in response to Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme.
Wintry scenes from the Raritan River Basin in New Jersey.

USA: New Jersey, Upper Raritan River Basin, Clinton, sycamore tree on river bank of South Branch of Raritan River

USA: New Jersey, Upper Raritan River Basin, Clinton, sycamore tree on river bank of South Branch of Raritan River

New Jersey: Upper Raritan Basin, Hunterdon County, Tewksbury Township, Mountainville, Applewood Farm, holly ('Liex aquifolium')

New Jersey: Upper Raritan Basin, Hunterdon County, Tewksbury Township, Mountainville, Applewood Farm, holly (‘Liex aquifolium’)

USA: New Jersey, Hunterdon County, Upper Raritan River Basin, Tewksbury Township, Mountainville, 2 Sawmill Road, looking through frosted window out to hard wood forest at sunrise

USA: New Jersey, Hunterdon County, Upper Raritan River Basin, Tewksbury Township, Mountainville, 2 Sawmill Road, looking through frosted window out to hard wood forest at sunrise

US:  New Jersey, Raritan River Basin, Hunterdon County, Tewksbury Twp., Mountainville, Burrell Road, early snowfall in hardwood forest

US: New Jersey, Raritan River Basin, Hunterdon County, Tewksbury Twp., Mountainville, Burrell Road, early snowfall in hardwood forest

Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other ~ John Thorson

December 17, 2013

THE WHITE NILE RIVER BASIN: One third of Africa’s populations reside in and depend on the natural resources of the Nile River Basin. The White Nile (2300 miles, 3700 km.) is punctuated by Lakes Victoria, Albert, Edward and Kyoga. Climate change, population growth, pollution and infrastructure are currently threatening the natural resources and balance of this watershed.

INDIVIDUAL and cooperative fishing, and water acquired via buckets and pumps, are the two traditional major uses of the Ugandan branches, tributaries and lakes in its White Nile River Basin. Today this watershed’s dramatic waterfalls challenge the adventurous rafters but are one by one being taken over to power hydro-electric dams. The No Water No Life March–April 2010 expedition to this region focused on the impacts of infrastructure projects such as these dams, limestone and oil mining, highway bridges, and Kampala hotels’ new golf courses.

NWNL documented issues including:

Forest and wetlands: The headwaters face deforestation, dam proposals and increasing settlement.

Lake Victoria: Pollution and invasive species threaten the livelihoods of 30 million lakeshore inhabitants.

Climate change: Increases in floods and droughts are greatly impacting this watershed.

View more photos from the expedition: http://nowater-nolife.org/expeditions/whitenile10/peopleUsing/index.html

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

December 11, 2013
California: Death Valley National Park, view from Zabriskie Point with tourist enjoying overlook, January.

California: Death Valley National Park, view from Zabriskie Point with tourist enjoying overlook, January.

No Water No Life’s photo pick in response to The Daily Post’s Blog –  Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand.

An Ongoing Lesson

December 6, 2013

The large baobab tree has fallen,
but its roots will nourish the soil forever.
–A tribute to Nelson Mandela by the ANC, December 6, 2013

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Nelson Mandela
left a great gift for humankind and the planet.
He will forever remind us that we can
work together to solve our problems.

December 4, 2013
Ethiopia:  Lower Omo River Basin, Kotrouru, a Kwego village, three generations:  infant, a pregnant mother, older woman, standing on bank overlooking Omo River

Ethiopia: Lower Omo River Basin, Kotrouru, a Kwego village, three generations: infant, a pregnant mother, older woman, standing on bank overlooking Omo River

We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.“
 – David Brower

Columbia River is one of the most hydro-dammed rivers in the world

December 3, 2013

The Columbia is one of the most hydro-dammed river basins in the world with some dams now over 70 years old. These dams change downstream water flows, and stop fish migrations. They are also buckling under decades of accumulated polluted sediment. The pressure is on for decommissioning many of these older dams, and 2 large ones on the Columbia have been removed recently – keeping the decades of that polluted sediment behind them from rushing downstream.

The Columbia is typical of many rivers that are heavily polluted by agriculture, industry, nuclear plants, livestock farms, and human waste. And now many of those pollutants are too deeply embedded for us to remove.

Nature could have done that clean-up job, but we’ve destroyed too many of the natural filters that would freely purify our dirty water: forest, wetlands, oysters…

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