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

Cape Buffalo, Bison and Water

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 minoring in Economics. Her research this summer is on the intertwined relationships of biodiversity and our water resources. This is Bianca's second blog on Biodiversity for NWNL. … Continue reading Cape Buffalo, Bison and Water

Seeking Nile River Origins via its Tributaries

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

African proverb…

Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you.

Gorillas in Uganda: “Landscape Architects” of the White Nile River Headwaters

NWNL is excited to share ranger-guide Gad Kanyangyeyo’s photo of a 1-day old gorilla sent to NWNL this week, confirming Wildlife Conservation Society’s news six months ago that Bwindi Impenetrable NP’s gorilla population has grown by 33% since 2006. This 25,000-year-old montane rainforest, with elevations from 3800 to 5553 feet, is in southwest Uganda’s western … Continue reading Gorillas in Uganda: “Landscape Architects” of the White Nile River Headwaters

Mara River Basin Expedition – Mara Conservancy

NWNL is now returning to the Mara River Basin for a follow-up to its Mara expedition in Sept–Oct 2009. That last expedition was at the end of a three-year drought. Now the Mara is experiencing its long rainy season with unusually heavy El Niño rains. The comparison between drought and flood conditions in this river basin will be valuable documentation for No Water No Life.

White Nile River Basin Expedition – Jinja 4/10

NWNL will end its White Nile River Basin expedition in Jinga on Lake Victoria, the head of the Victoria Nile. With the guidance of a member of the National Association of Professional Engineers, NWNL will photograph fishing on Lake Victoria, the Bujagali and Owen Falls dams, and a local resettlement village created for those who had to be moved out of the Bujagali Reservoir. Discussions will focus on the processes followed (or not followed) in constructing these hydro dams and on other Nile River Basin projects …

White Nile River Basin Exped. – Kidepo Valley NP

Abutting southern Sudan, Kidepo Valley was the “lomej” (the meeting point) where Karimojong, Ik and Dodoth pastoralists gathered for their hunting. Otherwise the scarcity of rain kept them nomadic and well dispersed, since Karamoja gets only 600–800 mm of rain per year, far below what is needed to sustain people and their herds. The rule of thumb is that at least 1,000 mm is needed to sustain people in a land without infrastructure.

White Nile River Basin Exp. – Murchison Falls NP

Aerial documentation along the shores of Lake Albert, en route to Murchison, revealed sites of oil exploration on fan deltas and a hydro-power site at Tonya Falls on the lake’s eastern escarpment.… Neither the details of Uganda’s Oil Production Agreement, means of transporting the oil, nor the selected extraction companies have been announced. This secrecy has led to many rumors in the press. Hopes are that the expected oil income will be put towards food, healthcare, education and energy.