Along the South Branch

Written by Joe Mish Edited by Alison M. Jones Photos courtesy of Joe Mish Joe Mish has always lived in sight of the Raritan River. Early years spent roaming the clay banks, streams, tidal creeks and swamps of the lower Raritan near Crab Island. Currently, Joe lives further upstream on the South Branch of the … Continue reading Along the South Branch

The Clean Water Act: Analysis

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 … Continue reading The Clean Water Act: Analysis

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

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

Papyrus and Phragmites: Invasive Species

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Bianca T. Esposito is a senior at Syracuse University studying Biology and Economics. Her research this summer is on the nexus of biodiversity and water resources. Her earlier NWNL blogs were: Wild Salmon v Hatchery Salmon and Buffalo, … Continue reading Papyrus and Phragmites: Invasive Species

Notes from Garden & Afield in Jersey Midlands

By  Joseph Sapia - NWNL Guest Blogger, from a Pine Barren outlier region in New Jersey's Raritan River Basin  All content and photos © Joseph Sapia.  His email is Snufftin@aol.com. "From the Raritan River to the Mullica River, From the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean.” 2017:  Sunday,  June 25, to Saturday July 1 Note:  The yard references are … Continue reading Notes from Garden & Afield in Jersey Midlands

It’s Not Easy Being a Horseshoe Crab in New York Harbor

Blog by Joe Reynolds, Coastal Naturalist Photo by Joe Reynolds. Intro by Alison M. Jones, NWNL Director: To honor last week’s Endangered Species Day, we’re posting Joe’s blog on horseshoe crabs which are “Near-Threatened” per Endangered Species International. My children grew up on Long Island Sound mesmerized by the spring tide of these prehistoric, armored … Continue reading It’s Not Easy Being a Horseshoe Crab in New York Harbor

“Living Shorelines” Can Fortify Our Coastlines … A Solution at Work in New Jersey’s Raritan Bay

By Meredith Comi, Restoration Program Director of the NY/NJ Baykeeper  A "living wall" of oysters in the South Atlantic. Photo: Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life After Hurricane Sandy, it was clear that coastal resiliency had become an immediate priority. Thus, Baykeeper began an innovative project to determine if a “Living Shoreline” of oysters could stabilize … Continue reading “Living Shorelines” Can Fortify Our Coastlines … A Solution at Work in New Jersey’s Raritan Bay

The Raritan River We Know and Love

By Judy Shaw, Ph.D., Urban Environmental Planner, Watershed Policy Coordinator, Author The Raritan River, a long unsung treasure of New Jersey, was high on the list of special places for No Water No Life Founder and Director, Alison Jones. She lived in this NWNL case-study watershed all through her childhood and much of her adulthood. … Continue reading The Raritan River We Know and Love

A walk on the Edge of the Woods

The Pine Barrens around Helmetta, November-December, 2015; No. 46
 by Joseph Sapia The Pine Barrens around Helmetta are a small, unique ecosystem within the Raritan River Basin, along the edge of its Manalapan River tributary. They are part of the Spotswood Outlier of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Many who think they know the Raritan … Continue reading A walk on the Edge of the Woods