World Wetlands Day 2018

World Wetlands Day - February 2, 2018 blog by Sarah Kearns, NWNL Project Manager Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa What are "wetlands"? Synonyms: Marsh, fen, bog, pothole, mire, swamp, bottomlands, pond, wet meadows, muskeg, slough, floodplains, river overflow, mudflats, saltmarsh, sea grass beds, estuaries, and mangroves. Development on edge of Columbia Wetlands, British Columbia Worldwide, wetlands … Continue reading World Wetlands Day 2018

A Blind Eye to Flooding – No More Excuses

By Alison Jones, No Water No Life Director NWNL sends our sympathies to those suffering from Hermine’s winds and rains. As this hurricane slashes its way north, we hope for the least amount of flood damage possible. As 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and August’s Louisiana Floods showed, we have created a bad scenario along our waterways. … Continue reading A Blind Eye to Flooding – No More Excuses

A Nameless Louisiana Flood: Tragedy and Case Study

By Alison M. Jones No Water No Life's thoughts are with all who’ve lost so much in Louisiana, particularly in eastern Baton Rouge. In our 5 watershed expeditions in the Lower Mississippi River Basin, we have learned much about flooding. This essay analyzes the history, causes and devastating effects of high-water events in Louisiana, and all … Continue reading A Nameless Louisiana Flood: Tragedy and Case Study

A Voice from the Mississippi River Delta

“No fishing. No gardening. No hunting. No land. No fresh water.” Jamie Dardar, in his 
Creole-Indian drawl, noted that below New Orleans, the Mississippi River’s delta is now
 losing one football field of land every hour. Maps are outdated with each wave. In Jamie’s youth, gardens on Isle de Jean Charles spilled over with tomatoes, … Continue reading A Voice from the Mississippi River Delta

Shrimpin’ in Louisiana – a waning tradition?

Shrimp boats are a common sight, but shrimpers and oystermen in the Mississippi River Delta are struggling with decreased fisheries due to oil spills, and changes in water salinity and temperatures. Related reading: Louisiana oyster and shrimp industries in serious decline after BP oil spill  

The Arkansas Delta

The Mississippi, Arkansas and White Rivers irrigate the flat, fertile lands of the Arkansas Delta, as do the many tributaries, bayous and irrigation ditches. Either muddy water or sandy, dry soil is underfoot – nothing in between. But it is the mix of the two that yields the state’s renowned crops of cotton, soy, corn, … Continue reading The Arkansas Delta

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