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

Hatcheries: Helpful or Harmful?

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Bianca T. Esposito is a senior at Syracuse University studying Biology and minoring in Economics. Her research focuses primarily on how watershed degradation affects biodiversity. Figure 1. Salmon utilizing a manmade fish ladder to bypass a dam in their quest for migration. … Continue reading Hatcheries: Helpful or Harmful?

Aswan High Dam Leaves an Environmental Legacy

by Joannah Otis for No Water No Life This is the second our blog series on "The Nile River in Egypt" by NWNL Researcher Joannah Otis, sophomore at Georgetown University. Following her blog "Finding Hapi-ness on the Nile," this essay addresses perhaps the greatest elements of change created thus far by humans along the Nile. [NWNL … Continue reading Aswan High Dam Leaves an Environmental Legacy

Oh, dam!

What Is A Dam? A dam is a structure, often quite large, built across a river to retain its flow of water in a reservoir for various purposes, most commonly hydropower.  In the U.S. there are over 90,000 dams over 6 feet tall, according to American Rivers.  In 2015 half of Earth's major rivers contained … Continue reading Oh, dam!

Future of the Mekong River is at risk

The Mekong River in Southesast Asia is one of the world’s longest waterways, and flows through 6 countries: China, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. In November of 2014, NWNL followed the Mekong River from Chiang Khong, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos. This is part of the main stem of the river. Fish make … Continue reading Future of the Mekong River is at risk

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

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

Will the movie “DamNation” lead to the removal of the lower four Snake River Dams?

Since the release of the movie "DamNation" over a year ago, over 72 dams have been removed and over 730 miles of rivers were restored across the United States according to the non-profit conservation organization American Rivers. In January of this year, the producers of the movie met with members of Congress and White House … Continue reading Will the movie “DamNation” lead to the removal of the lower four Snake River Dams?