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What are Phragmites and why are they a Problem?

August 11, 2015
USA: New York, Long Island, Huntington, Lloyd Harbor, red-winged blackbirds in phragmites (invasive) species)

USA: New York, Long Island, Huntington, Lloyd Harbor, red-winged blackbirds in phragmites (invasive species)

Non-native Phragmites, also known as common reed, is a perennial, aggressive wetland grass that displaces native plant and animal species. Invasive Phragmites is one of the most widespread plants on Earth and is found worldwide. In the U.S. it grows in the eastern states particularly along the Atlantic Coast and increasingly across the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. It is usually an indicator of a wetland ecosystem that is out of balance.  (click on thumbnails below for caption info)

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

The changing colors of water

June 19, 2015

Part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme: ROY G. BIV.

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Enveloped – weekly photo challenge

May 15, 2015
USA: California, Big Sur, Salmon Creek Falls, waterfall covered with lichens and wildflowers

USA: California, Big Sur, Salmon Creek Falls, waterfall covered with lichens and wildflowers

East Africa, Kenya, Northern Frontier District, Chalbi Desert, Kalacha village, local house wrapped in cloth to prevent wind and dust from coming in

East Africa, Kenya, Chalbi Desert, local house wrapped in cloth to prevent wind and dust from coming in

USA:  Louisiana, the Atchafalaya Basin, Bayou Teche/Vermilion River Basin, Lake Martin, Cypress Island Preserve swamp (managed by The Nature Conservancy), duckweed covering a cypress-tupelo swamp

USA: Louisiana, Bayou Teche, duckweed covering a cypress-tupelo swamp

Texas: Tulia, weeds near cotton gin covered with blown cotton residue,

Texas: Tulia, weeds near cotton gin covered with blown cotton residue

USA: Vermont, Stowe Hollow riverbank vegetation on Christmas Day, covered with snow

USA: Vermont, Stowe Hollow riverbank vegetation on Christmas Day, covered with snow

East Africa, Kenya, Amboseli National Park, vine-covered tree at sunset, Thomson's gazelles

East Africa, Kenya, Amboseli National Park, vine-covered tree at sunset, Thomson’s gazelles

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/enveloped/

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Art as Activism to Save Our Rivers

May 6, 2015

“Water meanders in and out of every discipline, so we can never have too many poets, hydrologists, urban planners, biologists, lawyers, writers, physicians, NGO’s, or geologists working to amplify and aid water’s voice”, says artist Basia Irland.
In Irland’s Receding / Reseeding series, river water is frozen, carved into the form of a book, which is embedded with a “riparian text” consisting of local native seeds, and placed back into the stream. The seeds are released as the ice melts in the current. Ireland consults with river restoration biologists and botanists to determine the best seeds for each unique riparian zone. She launches these ice books into rivers all over the world, documenting the process and inviting local communities to be a part of this ceremonial process. Check out Irland’s website to attend events and follow the progress of her important and inspirational work.

Read more about her on National Geographic’s Water Currents Blog.

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Thinking GREEN for Earth Day!

April 17, 2015

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22!

How’d it become a global movement? http://bit.ly/1ESgMqz

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

WATER is SHARED by ALL

March 31, 2015

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Even invasive species can be beautiful

December 19, 2014
Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is one of the world’s worst aquatic weeds. It is characterized by rapid growth rate, extensive reproductive output and broad environmental resistance. It creates dense mats of vegetation that restrict oxygen in water, causing deterioration in water quality, fish mortality and declining biodiversity. A healthy acre of the plant can weigh 200 tons! These floating masses block waterways and harbors, costing millions of dollars of damage every year.
Water hyacinth grows in lakes, estuaries, wetlands, rivers, dams, and irrigation channels on every continent except Antarctica.

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 1.45.53 PM– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Serpentine Curves and Manufactured Angles of the Mississippi

December 17, 2014

Aerial photos of the Atchafalaya Basin.

USA:  Louisiana, Aerial photo of Atchafalaya Basin area,

USA:  Louisiana, Aerial photo of Atchafalaya Basin area, Wax Lake Outlet area

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USA:  Louisiana, Aerial photo of Atchafalaya Basin area, Wax Lake Outlet area

USA:  Louisiana, Aerial photo of Atchafalaya Basin area,

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

The Value of Water in a dry land – Photos from the Omo River Basin

October 24, 2014
Africa:  Kenya; Pokot Land, Orwa, CABESI Kitchen without Borders project, vegetable garden plot, seedlings

Africa: Kenya; Pokot Land, Orwa, CABESI Kitchen without Borders project, vegetable garden plot, seedlings

 

Ethiopia: Kundama Farm, a Duss tribal farming community, a 2-day-old Karo baby with its mother

Ethiopia: Kundama Farm, a Duss tribal farming community, a 2-day-old Karo baby with its mother

 

Ethiopia:  Omo Delta at low water stage, herders lead cattle to water

Ethiopia: Omo Delta at low water stage, herders lead cattle to water

 

Africa:  Kenya; Turkana Land, man pushing cart of gerry cans to be filled with water from the river outside of town

Africa: Kenya; Turkana Land, man pushing cart of gerry cans to be filled with water from the river outside of town

 

Africa:  Kenya; Karakol, dried tilapia headed to markets in Kisimu, Nairobi and elsewhere

Africa: Kenya; Karakol, dried tilapia headed to markets in Kisimu, Nairobi and elsewhere

 

Ethiopia:  Omo Delta, Dassenech village of Ilokelete, in low water season, woman carrying fodder for goats

Ethiopia: Omo Delta, Dassenech village of Ilokelete, in low water season, woman carrying fodder for goats

 

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Blue and Green – finding balance

October 6, 2014

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

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