Concerns Calmed by People & Nature

Written by Alison M. Jones, NWNL Director All images © Alison M. Jones. A tree being gnawed  by beavers in NJ's Upper Raritan River wetlands On New Year's Day, I was photographing streamside construction in New Jersey’s Upper Raritan Basin. I've been told the orange fencing and new gravel banks are for widening a bridge over … Continue reading Concerns Calmed by People & Nature

Happy Earth Day 2018!

Every year, Earth Day is celebrated internationally on April 22.  In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated across thousands of college campuses, primary & secondary schools and communities in the United States. Millions of people participated in demonstrations in favor of environmental reform. In 1990 Earth Day became an international event, that is now … Continue reading Happy Earth Day 2018!

50 Years of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act

Written by NWNL Project Manager, Sarah Kearns with Research by Jenna Petrone “An unspoiled river is a very rare thing in this Nation today. Their flow and vitality have been harnessed by dams and too often they have been turned into open sewers by communities and by industries. It makes us all very fearful that … Continue reading 50 Years of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act

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

Just So We Can Survive, We Must Change….

Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories charmed Victorian readers with tales such as how the leopard got his spots. In re-reading this childhood classic, I was struck with the idea of Kipling’s whimsy being a parable for climate change adaptation and coping techniques. So… Adaptation in the Mara River Basin paired with Kipling’s Words “There was … Continue reading Just So We Can Survive, We Must Change….

Drought: A Photo Essay

From 2014 until the beginning of 2017  California suffered through a major drought. It was a hot topic in the news, and NWNL conducted five Spotlight Expeditions to document and bring attention to that drought and its significance.  But what exactly is a drought? What causes droughts?  What are the effects of droughts? What does … Continue reading Drought: A Photo Essay

Let Salmon Migrate Up the Snake River Again

Fish ladder in a Columbia River Dam. Alison Jones/NWNL By Alison Jones, NWNL Executive Director Mitigation against impacts on salmon populations by the Columbia/Snake River dams has been deemed insufficient.  Thus, NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) has asked the US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA and the Bureau of Reclamation to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for breaching, bypassing, … Continue reading Let Salmon Migrate Up the Snake River Again