Let Salmon Migrate Up the Snake River Again

By Alison Jones, NWNL Executive Director Fish ladder in a Columbia River Dam. Alison Jones/NWNL Mitigation against impacts on salmon populations by the Columbia/Snake River dams has been deemed insufficient.  Thus, NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) has asked the US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA and the Bureau of Reclamation to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for breaching, bypassing, … Continue reading Let Salmon Migrate Up the Snake River Again

Please LIKE our photo on FB in a Biodiversity Int’l photo contest!

Please LIKE our photo on FB in a Biodiversity Int'l photo contest! It shows a reason for hope that the 300 thousand people who depend on Lake Turkana will not resort to conflict as they watch their lake disappear… Negotiating environmental justice Can international attention halt dam projects? As Ethiopia's Omo River is depleted by … Continue reading Please LIKE our photo on FB in a Biodiversity Int’l photo contest!

Historic Powerhouse on the Snake River

Swan Falls Dam, built in 1901, is the oldest hydroelectric dam on the Snake River and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This photo shows the scrub and sage brush that covers most of the land around the Snake River in western and south-central Idaho. If anyone is going to grow anything, they … Continue reading Historic Powerhouse on the Snake River

Today is the International Day of Action for Rivers!

NWNL strives to raise awareness EVERY DAY of the vulnerability of our freshwater resources since the planet has a finite supply for an ever-increasingly thirsty and growing global population. But today is special --  as explained by International Rivers, a NWNL partner in awareness-raising: "Every year, thousands of people around the world lift their voices … Continue reading Today is the International Day of Action for Rivers!

“Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.” ― Wendell Berry Read a related article: The Race to Save Ethiopians Damned by the Dam, by Al Mariam   - Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

NWNL photos featured in article

NWNL images from the Omo River Basin are featured in a recent article by Peter Bosshard,  How Chinese Loans Could Fuel Regional Conflict in East Africa. He writes, "The indigenous peoples of the Lower Omo Valley and Lake Turkana are extremely poor, but well-armed. They have a long history of resource conflicts over water, fisheries, … Continue reading NWNL photos featured in article

NWNL expands its watershed coverage: This blog post discusses the Amazon’s Belo Monte Dam

… The international attention on the effects of building the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil’s Amazon is just one example of extended coverage we are starting to offer. The impacts surrounding the Belo Monte Dam are comparable to those of two NWNL case-study watersheds. Displacement caused by dams was experienced by British Canadians, First Nations and US communities in the Columbia River Basin, and may be forced on the half-million pastoralists in Ethiopia and Kenya hoping to stop construction of the Gibe Dams on the Omo River.…