Endangered Species Day

Last Friday (May 17) was Endangered Species Day - an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Today's blog gives an overview of a few endangered species the Endangered Species Coalition highlight on their website that are … Continue reading Endangered Species Day

Hatcheries: Helpful or Harmful?

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern(Edited by Alison Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Bianca T. Esposito is a senior at Syracuse University studying Biology and minoring in Economics. Her research focuses primarily on how watershed degradation affects biodiversity. Figure 1. Salmon utilizing a manmade fish ladder to bypass a dam in their quest for migration. (Creative … Continue reading Hatcheries: Helpful or Harmful?

Celebrating World Wildlife Day!

By Christina Belasco Today we celebrate World Wildlife Day. Acting to preserve our planet's treasured biodiversity is more important now than ever. To honor our beloved creatures we share with you all today photos from our African and North American case study watersheds! We can never forget that these animals all depend on healthy, clean fresh … Continue reading Celebrating World Wildlife Day!

Let Salmon Migrate Up the Snake River Again

By Alison Jones, NWNL Executive Director Fish ladder in a Columbia River Dam. Alison Jones/NWNL 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

What are anadromous fish?

Tomorrow is World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). The ancient migration story of fish ascending rivers from oceans to breed is miraculous.  Such fish - called anadromous, from the Greek word  “anadramein” meaning “running upward” - include salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, lamprey in the Pacific Northwest; and shad, sturgeon, alewives and herring along the US East … Continue reading What are anadromous fish?

Our Great Migrators

*NWNL thoughts prior to World Fish Migration Day-5/24.* Many are unaware of the exquisite sarabande of life personified by our migratory species: anadromous fish, birds, monarch butterflies, dragonflies and others. Most migratory species are threatened in one form or another during their annual passages by manmade impediments. Today, on expedition along the Snake River, NWNL … Continue reading Our Great Migrators

A New 65′ Crack Found in Wanapum Dam: NWNL Reflects on “Saving the Past for the Future”

Drummers and Dreamers: Wanapum Indians and the Wanapum Dam On the Columbia River. By Alison M. Jones, Director of No Water No Life. On March 1, a 65-foot-long crack was found in the hydroelectric #Wanapum Dam in Grant County WA.  This dam generates over 4 million megawatt hours annually, providing power to over 45,000 local … Continue reading A New 65′ Crack Found in Wanapum Dam: NWNL Reflects on “Saving the Past for the Future”