Wild and Scenic Rivers: The St. Croix River

All photos © Alison M. Jones The St. Croix River runs through Wisconsin and Minnesota as a valuable upstream tributary to the Mississippi River, one of NWNL’s 6 case-study watersheds. In 1968, the St. Croix River was among the first 8 rivers added to the new Wild and Scenic River System, making this a 50-year anniversary … Continue reading Wild and Scenic Rivers: The St. Croix River

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

Soil and Water: An Intro

By Jillian Madocs, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison Jones, NWNL Director)   This blog begins a NWNL series on how soil impacts water quality and availability.  Our research intern Jillian Madocs is a Siena College senior studying  Environmental Studies & Community Development.  Her next NWNL focus will be on urban water issues.  Stewardship in Cedar Falls, … Continue reading Soil and Water: An Intro

Let Salmon Migrate Up the Snake River Again

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

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

A "living wall" of oysters in the South Atlantic. Photo: Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life By Meredith Comi, Restoration Program Director of the NY/NJ Baykeeper  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

Global Drought Threats – New Jersey Up Next?

Stanislaus National Forest at the Yosemite N.P. entryway. Trees are dying by the thousands here due to the nexus of drought, high temperatures, fires, and pine bark beetle infestation.  By Christina Belasco, NWNL Project Manager When Americans hear the word "drought" these days, they may instantly envision a scene of a heat-scorched, fire-ridden California. Of course … Continue reading Global Drought Threats – New Jersey Up Next?

A Nameless Louisiana Flood: Tragedy and Case Study

By Alison M. Jones No Water No Life's thoughts are with all who’ve lost so much in Louisiana, particularly in eastern Baton Rouge. In our 5 watershed expeditions in the Lower Mississippi River Basin, we have learned much about flooding. This essay analyzes the history, causes and devastating effects of high-water events in Louisiana, and all … Continue reading A Nameless Louisiana Flood: Tragedy and Case Study