Thru talks and art journaling, Day 1 of this conference has imparted a sense of how more and more of the diverse stakeholders in this basin are learning to “think like a river” — if the fish and other species don’t recognize boundaries, neither should humans!
Exactly one year ago today, NWNL documented the clean up of the Nation’s largest coal fly ash spill at Kingston Fossil Plant, TN. In 2008, over 1 billion gallons of coal ash slurry leaked into the Emory and Clinch Rivers, part of the Mississippi River basin. The recovery will continue into 2015.
No Water No Life applauds Dr. Judy Auer Shaw on the publication of her new book, “The Raritan River: Our Landscape, Our Legacy.” For 8 years, NWNL has observed the power of Judy’s outreach upstream and downstream along the Raritan. Her personal passion for this river and local stewardship has brought together residents, scientists, industry and other stakeholders in a ground-breaking effort to restore the services and legacy of the Raritan River to the State of New Jersey for future generations.
About the Author: Judy serves as an Advisor for NWNL. She is a researcher at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, where she also leads the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative. This initiative earned the Somerset County Regional Planning Award in 2010. In addition, Shaw has received the Elwood Jarmer Award for Environmental Leadership. Read her full bio here.
USA: Louisiana, Aerial photo of Atchafalaya Basin area, St Martin Parish, bald cypress standing in water (Taxodium distichum, aka baldcypress, bald-cypress, cypress, southern-cypress, white-cypress, tidewater red-cypress, Gulf-cypress, red-cypress, or swamp cypress), a deciduous coniferalong northern shore of Lake Martin (30.13.62 N, 91.55.41 W approx)
Water Lilies, Adirondacks SP, NY
USA: New York, Adirondacks State Park, beaver path through reeds
USA: New Jersey, Upper Raritan Basin, Tewksbury Township, Mountainville,dragonfly, locally called a “blue bottle,” resting on pond-side vegetation at cottage
Canada: British Columbia, Yoho National Park, in Canadian Rocky Mountains, Kicking Horse River bank, shrub with white blossoms over water milky blue from glacial sediment
Botswana: Okavango Delta, aerial view of channels in wetlands