Anadromous Fish and Dams in NJ’s Raritan River

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) All photos © Alison M. Jones Bianca is a Syracuse University senior studying Biology and Economics. Her NWNL summer research on watershed biodiversity also yielded these NWNL blogs:  Wild v. Hatchery Salmon; Buffalo & Bison; Papyrus & Phragmites; Deer & Elephants and … Continue reading Anadromous Fish and Dams in NJ’s Raritan River

The Clean Water Act: Its Beginnings in the Columbia and Raritan Rivers

By Isabelle Bienen, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) All photos © Alison M. Jones unless otherwise noted Isabelle Bienen is Northwestern University junior studying Social and Environmental Policy & Culture and Legal Studies. As NWNL Summer Intern, she wrote a 5-blog series on the history, purpose and current status of the … Continue reading The Clean Water Act: Its Beginnings in the Columbia and Raritan Rivers

World Conservation Day 2017

In honor of World Conservation Day, NWNL wants to share some of it's favorite photographs from over the years of each of our case-study watersheds. Trout Lake in the Columbia River Basin Aerial view of the largest tributary of the Lower Omo River Canoeing on the Mississippi River Fisherman with his canoe on the shore … Continue reading World Conservation Day 2017

Floods: A Photo Essay

In honor of those devastated by the recent flooding all over the world, including Texas and Florida in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa and across Southeast Asia, NWNL takes a look at photos from our archives of flooding in our case study watersheds. Columbia River Basin In British Columbia, Columbia River flooding from melting … Continue reading Floods: A Photo Essay

Notes from Garden & Afield in Jersey Midlands

By  Joseph Sapia - NWNL Guest Blogger, from a Pine Barren outlier region in New Jersey's Raritan River Basin  All content and photos © Joseph Sapia.  His email is Snufftin@aol.com. "From the Raritan River to the Mullica River, From the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean.” 2017:  Sunday,  June 25, to Saturday July 1 Note:  The yard references are … Continue reading Notes from Garden & Afield in Jersey Midlands

It’s Not Easy Being a Horseshoe Crab in New York Harbor

Blog by Joe Reynolds, Coastal Naturalist Photo by Joe Reynolds. Intro by Alison M. Jones, NWNL Director: To honor last week’s Endangered Species Day, we’re posting Joe’s blog on horseshoe crabs which are “Near-Threatened” per Endangered Species International. My children grew up on Long Island Sound mesmerized by the spring tide of these prehistoric, armored … Continue reading It’s Not Easy Being a Horseshoe Crab in New York Harbor

Celebrating World Wildlife Day!

By Christina Belasco Today we celebrate World Wildlife Day. Acting to preserve our planet's treasured biodiversity is more important now than ever. To honor our beloved creatures we share with you all today photos from our African and North American case study watersheds! We can never forget that these animals all depend on healthy, clean fresh … Continue reading Celebrating World Wildlife Day!

“Living Shorelines” Can Fortify Our Coastlines … A Solution at Work in New Jersey’s Raritan Bay

By Meredith Comi, Restoration Program Director of the NY/NJ Baykeeper  A "living wall" of oysters in the South Atlantic. Photo: Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life After Hurricane Sandy, it was clear that coastal resiliency had become an immediate priority. Thus, Baykeeper began an innovative project to determine if a “Living Shoreline” of oysters could stabilize … Continue reading “Living Shorelines” Can Fortify Our Coastlines … A Solution at Work in New Jersey’s Raritan Bay

Global Drought Threats – New Jersey Up Next?

By Christina Belasco, NWNL Project Manager Stanislaus National Forest at the Yosemite N.P. entryway. Trees are dying by the thousands here due to the nexus of drought, high temperatures, fires, and pine bark beetle infestation.  When Americans hear the word "drought" these days, they may instantly envision a scene of a heat-scorched, fire-ridden California. Of course … Continue reading Global Drought Threats – New Jersey Up Next?

Raritan River Week!

We love the Raritan River! Celebrate RARITAN RIVER WEEK April 16-30, 2016! Check out the events page for rain barrel workshops, nature walks, stream cleanups, composting/gardening sessions and more for people of all ages to enjoy! There's also a great list of resources for the region which includes maps of parks and protected areas, a … Continue reading Raritan River Week!