Glaciers – Butterflies – Change

All photos © Alison M. Jones Rivers are like sentences. They run on. There is an order, but it can be re-arranged.  They are often punctuated by geologic elements and activity. However gingerly an island arc docks against a continent, it is not a gentle process. Rocks fold, melt and metamorphose. Mountains rise. A new … Continue reading Glaciers – Butterflies – Change

Evolution of the Clean Water Act

By Isabelle Bienen, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) All photos © Alison M. Jones Isabelle Bienen is at Northwestern University studying Social and Environmental Policy and Legal Studies. As a NWNL summer intern, she wrote 5 blogs on the 1972 US Clean Water Act [CWA] and its role in NWNL’s 3 US watersheds. … Continue reading Evolution of the Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act Addresses Health Issues

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 & Environmental Policy and Culture & Legal Studies. This is the 3rd of 5 blogs Isabelle wrote as a NWNL Summer Intern on the U.S. Clean … Continue reading The Clean Water Act Addresses Health Issues

Desalination Explained

By Paddy Padmanathan (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) Pictures and graphics provided by Paddy Padmanathan Mr. Padmanathan, a professional civil engineer for over 35 years, is President and CEO of ACWA Power, a company that delivers desalinated water in 11 countries. His goal today is to promote localization of technology and industrialization of … Continue reading Desalination Explained

The Clean Water Act: Its Beginnings in the Mississippi River

By Isabelle Bienen, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) Isabelle Bienen is a junior at Northwestern University studying Social Policy with minors in Environmental Policy & Culture and Legal Studies. The focus of her NWNL research and blog series this summer is on the U.S. Clean Water Act: its history, purpose … Continue reading The Clean Water Act: Its Beginnings in the Mississippi River

Surprisingly Similar: Deer and Elephant

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Bianca T. Esposito is a Syracuse University  senior studying Biology and Economics. Her summer research was on the nexus of biodiversity and water resources. She already has 3 NWNL blogs on African and N American watershed species:  Wild v … Continue reading Surprisingly Similar: Deer and Elephant

Small but Critical / Our Invertebrates

This blog contains several references to invertebrates in northern Kenya’s Lake Turkana Basin, the arid terminus of Ethiopia’s Omo River and world’s largest desert lake.  Within this “Cradle of Humankind,” species continually adapt, as explained in our NWNL Interview with Dino Martins, entomologist at Turkana Basin Institute. Animal species in our watersheds quietly enhance and protect … Continue reading Small but Critical / Our Invertebrates