If alphabets represent the sounds of language, can texture articulate the harmonies of nature?
USA: California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara, Arroyo Burro Beach (aka Hendry’s Beach)
USA: California, Ragged Point, southern end of Big Sur, Monteray cypress trees (Cupressus macrocarpa)
USA Vermont, Lamoille County, Stowe (Morrisville), Jopson Lane, after winter icestorm
California: Death Valley NP, Artist’s Drive, detail and texture of rock formations, mineral deposits and volcanic ash cemented in rock.
ARG Valdes Peninsula, Argentina: Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia, Chubut Province, Punta Delgada, beach on Atlantic Ocean, red seaweed on sand
Canada: British Columbia, Mica Dam Road views, rivulet of water (marked # 243) near Downie Creek flowing into Lake Revelstoke (part of the Columbia River), Indian Paintbrush in bloom
USA: California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara, Hendry’s Beach in morning mist,
East Africa, Kenya, Pammie’s safari, Amboseli Reserve, dried surface of Amboseli Lake bed (soil is white from the alkalinity)
USA: Oregon, Columbia River Basin, Columbia Gorge, wet cliff wall vegetation at Wahkeena Falls
USA New Jersey, Watchung, Raritan River Basin, Green Brook subBasin, Watchung Reservation, Green Brook just below Seeley’s Pond in winter, sun and trees reflected in water
USA California, Los Padres National Forest, (from Paradise Road access off Rt 153 to Santa Ynez Valley), Santa Ynez River, dry stream bed due to 3 year drought
Canada: Alberta, Columbia Icefield Parkway, Sunwapta Falls
USA: Wyoming, Mississipppi River Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Artist Point, southern rim of canyon with conifers below Lower Yellowstone Falls
East AFrica: Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park /Ishasha, African common white butterflies (Belenois creona severina) on moist patch in road after rain, aqua-green swallowtail butterfly (Papilio Bromius , Broad green-banded swallowtail) flying off
USA: Louisiana, Aerial photo of Atchafalaya Basin area, St Martin Parish, bald cypress standing in water (Taxodium distichum, aka baldcypress, bald-cypress, cypress, southern-cypress, white-cypress, tidewater red-cypress, Gulf-cypress, red-cypress, or swamp cypress), a deciduous coniferalong northern shore of Lake Martin (30.13.62 N, 91.55.41 W approx)
Water Lilies, Adirondacks SP, NY
USA: New York, Adirondacks State Park, beaver path through reeds
USA: New Jersey, Upper Raritan Basin, Tewksbury Township, Mountainville,dragonfly, locally called a “blue bottle,” resting on pond-side vegetation at cottage
Canada: British Columbia, Yoho National Park, in Canadian Rocky Mountains, Kicking Horse River bank, shrub with white blossoms over water milky blue from glacial sediment
Botswana: Okavango Delta, aerial view of channels in wetlands
• Pollution from Industrial, Agricultural and Urban Runoff.
• Protection of Migratory Birds and Watershed Biodiversity.
• Loss of Cypress, Hardwood Forests and Wetlands.
• Effectiveness of Levees, Locks and Dams, and Floodways.
• Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Resource Management.
Louisiana shrimp boat
Mississippi River barge
Why support a No Water No Life expedition?
NWNL expeditions help raise global awareness of freshwater availability, quality and usage. For eight years, NWNL has returned with interviews, still photos and video imagery from our six case-study watersheds in North America and Africa. This documentation informs and inspires actions that will help insure… fresh water, for everyone, forever.
NWNL has witnessed the effects of climate change over 8 years of expeditions to document watersheds in North America and Africa. From wading through flooded towns, running from hurricanes, interviewing farmers tackling long-term drought, trekking with pastoralists with thirsty cattle and many things in between. Click on images below for captions and links for related articles.
USA: Missouri, Middle Mississippi River Basin, West Alton, tornado skies
Africa: Kenya; Lodwar, Turkwel River tributary, almost dry due to upstream irrigation extraction and climate change
USA: California, San Joaquin River Valley, empty irrigation canal for pistachio orchard
USA: Texas, Palo Duro River in 2012 drought
Canada: British Columbia, Columbia River flooding from melting snow pack and storms
Africa: Kenya, Mara River Basin, Maasai in 2009 drought with dying cattle after walking 1000 km for 7 days seeking food and water
The interactive digital version of the new 840-page National Climate Assessment report is at www.globalchange.gov. It’s complex, so NWNL recommends two articles that summarize the issues as outlined.
Seth Borenstein’s account emphasizes that the report’s value lies in that it is written in less scientific language than others and that it underlines how climate change is already affecting our pocketbooks in areas ranging from our health to our homes.
An NBC News account delineates climate change impacts, region by region. Reading these reports today, NWNL has noted the current and expected climate disruptions in the Pacific NW region for its one month Snake River Basin expedition which starts tomorrow. We are looking forward to hearing local stakeholders’ solutions for mitigation and resilience in the face of continued extreme climate events.
Give Mother Nature a break!
Shut OFF your lights on Saturday, March 30th from 8:30-9:30pm local time for Earth Hour.
The use of water and of energy are intricately intertwined. –Saving Energy Saves Water: The production of energy — hydroelectric, industrial steam-power generation, fracking, etc— requires a lot of water. –Saving Water Saves Energy: The extraction, treatment, distribution, and use of water – which is then followed by the collection and treatment of wastewater – requires a lot of energy. –Saving Water and Energy Saves Greenhouse Gas Emissions! It’s up to state, tribal, and local governments – as well as us! – to implement actions that address energy-water-climate change challenges.
–In 2000, thermoelectric facilities (industrial steam-power generation) used 195,000 million gallons of water a day. This represents almost half of all of the water withdrawn in the United States. – United States Geological Survey