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Keep It Flowin’

February 2, 2016

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Supporting Wetlands, Watersheds and NWNL

Since Jan 6, Alison has been immersed in intense editing of expedition interviews already transcribed, which will shortly entail paying webmaster expenses. The first series of 10 interviews will be about The Mau Forest, Kenya’s largest water tower and the source of the Mara River Basin.

Soon we’ll be needing to pay transcribers to prepare more interviews for our 9-year collection of what we’re calling “Voices of the River.” This feature is proving to be just as valuable to all interested in watershed analysis and solutions as NWNL’s extensive photo archive.

Please Keep Donations Flowing

  • NWNL donor numbers and donation amounts are increasing!
  • We’ve already received $15,000 in donations and $2,500 in grant dollars!
  • We raised 1/2 of our 2015 total in Jan. Let’s raise the other 1/2 in Feb!
  • We’re rapidly putting out new interviews, stories and products. Please match our pace!

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Thank You for Your Support and
Happy World Wetlands Day!

NEWS: The Philip Hyde Environmental Grant from NANPA!

January 11, 2016

Alison M. Jones, Founding Director of NWNL, has just received the 2016 Philip Hyde Environmental Grant from the Foundation Board of Trustees of the North American Nature Photography Association [NANPA]. Philip Hyde trained under Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and other definers of the medium of environmental photography.  The significance of this award is captured in an inspiring 2-minute Philip Hyde video showing why he is considered the “Father of Environmentalism.”

Alison has been a member of NANPA since its 2nd year and served on its Board of Directors.  For fifteen years NANPA Summits provided Alison with valuable photographic knowledge and visual inspiration shared by many of North America’s greatest nature photographers.  Thus she is especially honored by this award that comes from her “photographic family.”  Indeed, much of the structure of NWNL evolved from the NANPA Mission:

  • NANPA promotes the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation and environmental protection.
  • NANPA provides information, education, inspiration and opportunity for all persons interested in nature photography.
  • NANPA fosters excellence and ethical conduct in all aspects of our endeavors and especially encourages responsible photography in the wild.

NWNL will use this grant to help fund the costs of transcribing and posting nine interviews of scientists, stakeholder and stewards in our six North American case-study watersheds:  the Columbia, Mississippi and Raritan Basins.   A few interviews from the Columbia River Basin are already posted on our site:

Alison thanks NANPA for this support and is now editing more interviews in Kenya, where she does look up from her computer now and then to see warthogs charging across her patio and birds, including variable and bronze sunbirds, speckled mousebirds, and hopefully a turaco soon!  NWNL will send notices of batches of interviews as they are posted.

Article by Alison M. Jones

 

💦 A Flow of Holiday Thoughts…

December 23, 2015

We wish you the Magic of water, the Rhythm of rivers and the Joy of friends and family on our riverbanks!

Giraffe and Maasai cross Amboseli Lake in a mirage.

Giraffe and Maasai cross Amboseli Lake in a mirage.

“THE RIVER SPEAKS”  – Poem by Gene Lindberg

Down from the mountains of eternal snow
The streams come tumbling, joining as they flow
To send a river winding toward the sea.
I listen, and the river speaks to me.
It tells of meadows on a thirsty plain;
Of gardens blooming where there is no rain;
Of mighty cities built upon its banks;
Of living things that owe the river thanks.
The waters speak to me, and hurry on,
Eager to come and eager to be gone.
Almost it seems as if the river knew,
How many things there are for it to do.
Sometimes it pauses,
to lay up a store of liquid wealth in lake and reservoir,
Then leaps a dam and hastens on again,
Turning a wheel to light the homes of men.
The river speaks, and deserts cease to be;
Wide fields grow green, and ships go down to the sea,
I hear the water singing as it goes:
“Let life go on, because the river flows.”

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NEW GIFTS FROM OUR STORE! NWNL creations
for anyone on your list who appreciates water!

US: Oregon, Columbia River Basin, Columbia River Gorge, bottom of Multnomah Falls, ferns and moss covered rocks in foreground

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! See our list
of important days to celebrate through the New Year!

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DONATE NOW! NWNL has much more to do!
Donate what you can to help protect our freshwater resources.

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“The fate of animals is…indissolubly connected with
the fate of men.”
– Émile Zola

Posted by Jasmine Graf, Associate Director of No Water No Life.

Caring

December 1, 2015

NWNL-suds

#GivingTuesday

Can’t do is like “Don’t Care.” -Maya Angelou

We all care about having clean fresh water!
So please fill our online NWNL Paypal Account today!

GOT-WATER

Our SURVEY for YOU!

September 24, 2015
USA: Southern California, CA Drought Spotlight 3-Rte 66 Expedition, Needles, recreation on Colorado River

USA: Southern California, CA Drought Spotlight 3-Rte 66 Expedition, Needles, recreation on Colorado River

We hope this summer you sat by a lazy river 
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or let the river carry you away!

As fall arrives, we’re thinking about education. To better address watershed issues, our NWNL SURVEY will assess U.S. freshwater awareness. YOU are our most valuable resource, so please participate!

CLICK HERE to take SURVEY

We hope you’ll enjoy the educational elements in this 5-minute SURVEY.
The results will help us create more appropriate and meaningful NWNL lectures, articles and exhibits; thus, please:
–LET US KNOW what water news interests you!
–DON’T HOLD BACK with your comments!

SURVEY answers will be anonymous. If you give your name and email, we’ll send you NWNL updates, but not share it with other groups.

Greater participation yields more substantial results. So please share this SURVEY link with others — and on social media.

https://nowaternolife.typeform.com/to/XhpagP

Many THANKS! We look forward to studying the responses. Enjoy fall!

USA: Washington, Columbia and Snake River Basins, Lyons Ferry, confluence of the Snake and Palouse Rivers, Lyons Ferry Park on the Palouse River Estuary, called Lake Herbert G. West

USA: Washington, Columbia and Snake River Basins, Lyons Ferry, confluence of the Snake and Palouse Rivers, Lyons Ferry Park on the Palouse River Estuary, called Lake Herbert G. West

“In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”
– Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet

Upcoming Artist Talks

April 10, 2015

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Following Rivers with Alison M. Jones

Artist Talk on Saturday 4/11 from 6-7:30pm
Join me as I share the inspiration and creative process behind photographs taken while on expedition in Africa and North America for No Water No Life ®.

Following Rivers, coordinated with the help of NWNL Exhibition Editor Jasmine Graf, is a compelling collection of giclee photographs grouped together with informational captioning that illustrates that what we do in our communities impacts the availability, quality and usage of our freshwater resources.
Photography by Alison M. Jones on view @ Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries
March 14—October 3, 2015 at 199 Main Street in Beacon, NY.
(845) 838-1600

Part of Beacon’s “Second Saturdays” city-wide celebration of free arts + culture events.

Jones_070607_BC_1970_MSunday Lecture 4/26 @ 10:30am

“Caring for Our Watersheds – Locally and Globally”  Dr. Judy Shaw and Alison M. Jones will discuss how stewardship of our watersheds can raise awareness of the threats to freshwater availability, quality and usage in New Jersey’s Raritan River Basin and globally. They will speak about ways to foster upstream and downstream partnerships that can create sustainable resource management solutions.  @ Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ. (732) 246-3113

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

NWNL Photo Exhibit, ‘Following Rivers’ opens @ BIRE March 14th

February 25, 2015
The Hudson River rises in pristine forests and enters tidal waters under heavily-trafficked urban bridges.  

The Hudson River rises in pristine forests and enters tidal waters under heavily-trafficked urban bridges.

On the banks of our rivers we raise families, grow food, do laundry, fish, swim, celebrate and relax. “Following Rivers,” a new exhibit by conservation photographer and No Water No Life Founding Director Alison M. Jones, tells a visual story of people and the critical water issues they face.

Combining the power of photography and science, NWNL, has spent 8 years documenting river basins in North America and Africa. The exhibit encourages viewers to translate images into questions. What are the impacts of our daily actions? How can we best protect our life-giving rivers and estuaries? Should we reduce resource consumption, require stronger pollution controls, minimize resource extraction, or forgo fossil fuels and material luxuries? How can we approach water as an opportunity for unity and cooperation, rather than a source of conflict?

Downstream impacts of new dams worry elders in Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley.

Downstream impacts of new dams worry elders in Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley.

NWNL believes the nexus of science and art, intellectual and physical resources, and local knowledge can effectively spread awareness of Nature’s unique interdependence and vulnerability of our watersheds’ glaciers, forests, wetlands, plains, estuaries, tributaries. Without raising that awareness, there will be no action.

The exhibit will be on view from March 14 through October 3, 2015.
Join us for a free public reception on Saturday, March 14 from 5-7 pm with Artists talks on April 11 and July 11, 2015 at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 – (845) 838-1600. Gallery Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, Fri 9-1 Sat 12-6 (second Sat until 8)  Sun/Mon-Closed

Learn More about No Water No Life.

This event is part of a global campaign, celebrating International Day of Actions for Rivers.

Rivers in Africa and N America support migrations, but are also clogged by invasive species.

Rivers in Africa and N America support migrations, but are also clogged by invasive species.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 31, 2014

LET’S ACT TOGETHER as ONE WATERSHED COMMUNITY:

  • scientists and engineers
  • artists and photographers
  • the youth and baby-boomers
  • urban and rural residents
  • citizen-scientists

Many thanks to all NWNL supporters and everyone generating awareness of the importance of our watersheds!

 

Watershed Education for ALL!

December 24, 2014

 IMAGINE… you can help NWNL encourage
grassroots awareness and action. Water issues
are people issues. 

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NWNL HAS REACHED OVER A MILLION PEOPLE with its documentation of watershed threats and solutions. NWNL social media attention is exploding: over 25,000 people viewed one NWNL image last week. Generous grants, gifts and in-kind donations totaling $900,000 have supported NWNL expeditions, educational outreach and information shared in many media these last 8 years.

NWNL needs your help in raising $50,000 to publish
our 8 years of documentation.

FISCAL SUPPORT for our WATERSHED EDUCATION for all
will help us compile and prepare print and video materials from our African and North American expeditions for publication.

YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP US FUND:

  • Transcriptions of over 400 NWNL interviews for our new “Voices of the River” feature of inspirational stewardship and stories by scientists and stakeholders
  • Follow-up interviews with the key people working on new technologies and ground-breaking management approaches that offer global models of healthy watersheds
  • Targeted, on-the-spot documentation of critical developments unfolding in our 6 case-study watersheds
  • Publication in print and online on how freshwater availability and quality impacts each of us and our communities

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Please send the most generous gift you can to support
the NWNL commitment to clean freshwater.

Donations can be made via Pay Pal,
or checks made out to “No Water No Life”
(mail to Alison M. Jones,
No Water No Life,
330 East 79th Street,
New York, NY 10075).

THANK YOU and HAPPY HOLIDAYS
from the NWNL Team!

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NANPA News* highlights NWNL and Alison M. Jones

November 7, 2014

*North American Nature Photography Association newsletter.

Jones_080204_ET_8207I’ve always enjoyed water. I grew up on a small rural stream with frogs, moss, trout, rocks and fog. Years later, copiloting over sub-Sahara Africa, I saw clearly that where there was no water, there was no life. Thus, No Water No Life ® (NWNL) became the title of my quest to combine the powers of photography, science and stakeholder information to raise awareness of the vulnerability of our fresh water resources.

The following are my daily mantras:

African proverb: “You think of water when the well is dry.”

Leonardo da Vinci: “Water is the driver of nature.”

The Dalai Lama: “The first medicine on this planet was water.”

Words are powerful.
But, if one photograph has the power of 1,000 words, then a photograph that is captioned must be worth 100,000 words.

NANPA award recipient James Balog said, “Science gave me a new lens through which to see the world… a more holistic view and appreciation of the natural environment.” I too relish having science and NWNL goals attached to my lenses, endowing my images with greater impact.

In 2 years the Isle de Jean-Charles, inspiration for the Academy Award-winnning “Beasts of the Southern Wild” will probably be lost to sea-level rise and subsidence.

In 2 years the Isle de Jean-Charles, inspiration for the Academy Award-winnning “Beasts of the Southern Wild” will probably be lost to sea-level rise and subsidence.

In eight years NWNL has completed 22 expeditions to six case-study watersheds in Africa (Nile, Omo and Mara river basins) and North America (Columbia, Mississippi and Raritan river basins). Resulting imagery, research and blogs are on our website (http://www.nowater-nolife.org) — and those of International Rivers, American Rivers and others. NWNL documentation is further shared via social media, lectures, exhibits, and in books and magazine articles.

We’ve focused on glaciers and tarns (in the Columbia, Mississippi and Nile basins), lakes (including Kenya’s Lake Turkana, now imperiled by Ethiopian hydro-dams on the Omo River), meadows and Texas playas, wetlands (half of these naturally-filtered nurseries are already gone), tributaries, forests (disappearing from Earth at a rate of 36 football fields per minute), riparian corridors, flyways, estuaries and delta lands (disappearing from the Mississippi Delta at the rate of one football field per hour).

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Subsistence fishermen on Kenya’s remote Lake Turkana are learning that intensive water extractions by Ethiopian commercial agriculture will ruin their lake and fisheries.

NWNL has interviewed hundreds of scientists, stewards and stakeholders. These commentaries, which we call “Voices of the River,” discuss pollution, climate change, fracking, population growth in Africa, dams and levees, water usage by agriculture and industry, and tropic cascades of predators—anything impacting the health of watersheds. NWNL has recorded solutions from Canadian glaciologists, Maasai wilderness guides, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, historians, farmers and others on how to protect riverine corridors and ecosystems and ensure freshwater availability and quality.

Jones_070804_NJ_7826The overall NWNL goal is to transcend boundaries, bridge divisions and differences, suggest the shape of the future, capture imagination, stir consciences and create change. At NANPA’s 2002 Jacksonville Summit, art critic Vicki Goldberg described the power of photography to meet these objectives: “A photograph is like a lobbyist who sways a legislator.” Apollo 17’s “Blue Marble,” probably the most widely distributed image in human history, is a great example of imagery awakening a global awareness of our unique watery bonds. The connection with Earth’s beauty, which that image evokes, mirrors a comment by Terry Tempest Williams at the October 2014 observance of the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act: “We have no choice but to stand for what we love… We the people must walk with the river.”

NWNL will be collating and publishing many more images, videos and essays in online and print media. Upcoming NWNL photoessays will assess and compare water issues in developed and developing worlds, rural and urban regions, upstream and downstream. NWNL will also continue its newly initiated “Spotlights” on critical water issues such as the devastating drought in California.

NWNL appreciates the voluntary contributions of student interns’ research and guest photographers on our expeditions. We also thank photographers working in our case-study watersheds who share their images and findings with NWNL.

NWNL fiscal support comes from individuals, family foundations, grants and generous in-kind donations. To support NWNL in raising awareness of the vulnerability of our freshwater resources, checks to No Water No Life can be sent to Alison Jones, director of No Water No Life, 330 East 79th Street, NY, NY 10075 or via PayPal offered on the NWNL website http://nowater-nolife.org/supportUs/index.html).

Alison M. Jones is a conservation photographer who has documented ecosystems and resource management for more than 25 years in Africa and the Americas. She is the director and lead photographer at NWNL.

Story and photographs by Alison M. Jones.
Published by the North American Nature Photography Association.

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