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
By Kevin FitzPatrick, Conservation Photographer, iLCP Senior Fellow Bio Blitz: a short, intense team effort to discover as many different life forms as possible in one location; shorter-duration, smaller-scaled versions of All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventories (ATBIs) [See Glossary below article.] A Bio Blitz compasses all that I want to communicate to my audience about conservation and … Continue reading What is a Bio Blitz? A Strategy for Stewardship
By Joannah Otis for No Water No Life This is the third blog on the Nile River in Egypt by NWNL Researcher Joannah Otis, sophomore at Georgetown University. This essay addresses the sources of the Nile - lakes, tributaries, and a great swamp. [NWNL has completed documentary expeditions to the White and Blue Nile Rivers, … Continue reading Seeking Nile River Origins via its Tributaries
What Is A Dam? A dam is a structure, often quite large, built across a river to retain its flow of water in a reservoir for various purposes, most commonly hydropower. In the U.S. there are over 90,000 dams over 6 feet tall, according to American Rivers. In 2015 half of Earth's major rivers contained … Continue reading Oh, dam!
Blog by Christina Belasco, Project Manager The USGS just released a study of 59 streams in the Southeastern United States ranging from Georgia to Virginia. Alarmingly, the study showed that every single one of these streams tested positive for pollution by pharmaceutical compounds. These compounds have a wide variety of negative impacts on the … Continue reading USGS Studies Pharmaceuticals in our Streams
No Water No Life created these photo-messages as a quick visual means of raising awareness of the value and vulnerability of our freshwater resources. Download and share them with others! (click images to view larger) View more Hydro-graphics here. Hydro-graphics designed by Jenna Petrone. Posted by Jasmine Graf, Associate Director of No Water No Life.
Definition of WATERSHED (aka, “river basin” or “drainage”): Land that drains water via rivers and streams into 1 waterbody (ocean, lake, river...) Like a sink, a watershed leads water downward toward a common drainage point.
Non-native Phragmites, also known as common reed, is a perennial, aggressive wetland grass that displaces native plant and animal species. Invasive Phragmites is one of the most widespread plants on Earth and is found worldwide. In the U.S. it grows in the eastern states particularly along the Atlantic Coast and increasingly across the Midwest and … Continue reading What are Phragmites and why are they a Problem?
Anticipating the Fourth of July U.S. holiday, we think of “independence,” which makes me think of Independence, Missouri. Now a suburb of Kansas City, this city was originally the point of departure of our California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. At the crossroads of the Missouri, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, Independence was the hometown of … Continue reading 4th of July ASSOCIATIONS: Independence–Missouri–Mississippi River–Mark Twain
Following Rivers with Alison M. Jones Artist Talk on Saturday 4/11 from 6-7:30pm Join me as I share the inspiration and creative process behind photographs taken while on expedition in Africa and North America for No Water No Life ®. Following Rivers, coordinated with the help of NWNL Exhibition Editor Jasmine Graf, is a compelling … Continue reading Upcoming Artist Talks