Can’t have a rainbow without a li’l rain

Canada: Columbia River Basin, Creston, farmland views
Canada: Columbia River Basin, Creston, farmland views

Rainbows invoke optimism that the rain has come followed by sun – perfect growing conditions and full rivers for irrigation!

California, Sacramento River Basin, Central Valley, sunrise over the Buttes-the smallest mountain range in the world
USA: California, Sacramento River Basin, Central Valley, sunrise over the Buttes-the smallest mountain range in the world

Last month’s NWNL SPOTLIGHT on the California Drought documented the state’s inland Central Valley. Usually, the Sierra Nevadas’ runoff supplies water to the Sacramento River Basin’s rice fields, walnut orchards and migratory waterfowl havens around
the Buttes. However California’s 3-year drought has drastically
reduced this water supply, so critical for agricultural and
ecosystem needs throughout the Central Valley and in the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Photo by Barbara Folger, NWNL Project Coordinator

Happy Chinese New Year of the Horse!

US: Washington, horse and barn
US: Washington, horse and barn

Wishing all watersheds enough rain and snow
to recharge their rivers and fields!
Hopefully this new year will bring more efficient irrigation technologies and more drought tolerant crops being planted,
because agriculture consumes 75-80%
of clean fresh water on this planet.

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

I Was Made Erect and Lone

USA-Minnesota, Itasca State Park (Headwaters of the Mississippi River)
USA-Minnesota, Itasca State Park (Headwaters of the Mississippi River)

I Was Made Erect and Lone

I was made erect and lone

And within me is the bone

Still my vision will be clear

Still my life will not be drear

To the center all is near

Where I sit there is my throne…

 

Poem by Henry David Thoreau

go with the flow

NWNL photo featured as Photo of the Day on www.treehugger.com !

Missouri: Big Stream (water source for Current River), turbulent flow of stream over rocks (Ozarks), July.
Missouri: Big Stream (water source for Current River), turbulent flow of stream over rocks (Ozarks), July.

 

African proverb…

Return to old watering holes for more than water;
friends and dreams are there to meet you.

East Africa:  Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park
East Africa: Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park