Wild and Scenic Rivers: Three Columbia Tributaries

All photos © Alison M. Jones This week's blog in our series on Wild and Scenic Rivers focuses on the Crooked, Metolius and McKenzie Rivers - three Oregon tributaries to the Lower Columbia River. All three were added simultaneously to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System on Oct. 28, 1988. NWNL documented these tributaries in … Continue reading Wild and Scenic Rivers: Three Columbia Tributaries

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

Day Zero – A Water Warning

By Stephanie Sheng for No Water No Life (NWNL) Edited by NWNL Director, Alison Jones Stephanie Sheng is a passionate strategist for environmental and cultural conservation. Having worked in private and commercial sectors, she now uses her branding and communications expertise to drive behavior change that will help protect our natural resources. Inspired by conservation … Continue reading Day Zero – A Water Warning

The Great Giver: The Nile River

By Joannah Otis for No Water No Life (NWNL) This is the 9th and final blog in the NWNL series on the Nile River in Egypt by NWNL Researcher Joannah Otis, a sophomore at Georgetown University. This essay addresses the human uses of the Nile River.  [NWNL expeditions have covered the Upper Nile, but due … Continue reading The Great Giver: The Nile River

Lake Erie: A Solution to Vulnerability

By Judy Shaw, with Wil Hemker and John Blakeman for NWNL (Edited by NWNL Director, Alison Jones) Judy Shaw, professional planner and NWNL Advisor, and Wil Hemker, entrepreneurial chemist, are partnering with John Blakeman to promote prairie nutrient-retention strips as a proven way to protect Lake Erie's water. They are encouraging schools and farmers in … Continue reading Lake Erie: A Solution to Vulnerability

Brain-eating amoeba in Louisiana’s water

Naegleria fowleri  (also known as the "brain-eating amoeba") is a free-living, thermophilic excavate form of protist typically found in warm bodies of fresh water, such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It is also found in soil, near warm-water discharges of industrial plants, and in poorly chlorinated, or unchlorinated swimming pools.... N. fowleri can … Continue reading Brain-eating amoeba in Louisiana’s water

Grass is #1 US crop and is very water-dependent

Using satellite imagery, NASA's Christina Milesi has been studying the impact of lawns on America's fresh water resources. Research indicates there's at least 3 times more surface area of lawns in the U.S. than irrigated corn, making it the largest irrigated crop. How do lawns hurt the environment? • fertilizers run off into drains, contaminating drinking … Continue reading Grass is #1 US crop and is very water-dependent