Evolution of the Clean Water Act

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 watersheds. … Continue reading Evolution of the Clean Water Act

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

SOIL AND WATER: BIOCHAR

By Alice LeBlanc for NWNL (Edited by Alison Jones, NWNL Director) This is the second blog in a NWNL series on how soil impacts water quality and availability.  Alice LeBlanc is an economist and independent consultant who lives in NYC.   For more than 25 years, she has worked in both corporate and NGO settings to promote … Continue reading SOIL AND WATER: BIOCHAR

Stewardship Means All Hands on Board

As I was going through our photo archive for another project, I noticed a repetition of hands in pictures of volunteers, scientists, interviewees and other river stewards that NWNL Director Alison Jones has photographed. Whether they're using their hands while talking, or doing physical work, river stewards know that stewardship means "all hands on board" … Continue reading Stewardship Means All Hands on Board

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

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

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