Drought: A Photo Essay

From 2014 until the beginning of 2017  California suffered through a major drought. It was a hot topic in the news, and NWNL conducted five Spotlight Expeditions to document and bring attention to that drought and its significance.  But what exactly is a drought? What causes droughts?  What are the effects of droughts? What does … Continue reading Drought: A Photo Essay

Global Drought Threats – New Jersey Up Next?

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.  By Christina Belasco, NWNL Project Manager 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?

A Cinderella Story: Las Vegas isn’t a Water Hog

Mention of water usage in Las Vegas prompts most people to roll their eyes in exasperation. I saw this last week during a lecture on mega-droughts presented to an audience of environmentalists. Few realized that, rather than being the “ugly sister” of wise water consumption, Las Vegas - even with all casinos, glitz and fountains … Continue reading A Cinderella Story: Las Vegas isn’t a Water Hog

Drought and Flooding increases CA Levees risk of failure

Almost 5 years of drought, now combined with recent rainfall-induced flooding, has weakened California's levees. Culprits are soil cracking that allows water seepage, soil-strength reduction, land subsidence and erosion, all of which NWNL observed on its California Spotlight expeditions in 2014 and 2015. Fifty-five percent of California's levee systems are now in danger of failing … Continue reading Drought and Flooding increases CA Levees risk of failure

Freshwater supports all terrestrial biodiversity

                    NWNL Hydro-graphics are created by Jenna Petrone.

Will there be enough water when the cranes return?

Will there be enough water for these Greater Sandhill Cranes when they return to the San Francisco Bay Delta this fall? With the state’s snowpack down to 5% of average, the lowest ever recorded, Governor Brown has mandated a 25% water use reduction. This is the first time an involuntary water reduction mandate has been … Continue reading Will there be enough water when the cranes return?

Finding Wetlands in a Drought

By Alison M. Jones, Director of No Water No Life ® and Professional Photographer As published by American Rivers in "The River Blog"-April 11, 2014 The phone rang.  That snowy Saturday I was editing photos of Ethiopia’s Omo River.  “Alison, you must cover California’s drought for No Water No Life®.  It’s beyond regional. US and Asian markets … Continue reading Finding Wetlands in a Drought