Massive cleanup of coal ash spill continues

by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director Exactly one year ago today, NWNL documented the clean up of the Nation's largest coal fly ash spill at Kingston Fossil Plant, TN.  In 2008, over 1 billion gallons of coal ash slurry leaked into the Emory and Clinch Rivers, part of the Mississippi River basin. The recovery will … Continue reading Massive cleanup of coal ash spill continues

Grass is #1 US crop and is very water-dependent

Using satellite imagery, NASA's Christina Milesi has been studying the impact of lawns on America's fresh water resources. Research indicates there's at least 3 times more surface area of lawns in the U.S. than irrigated corn, making it the largest irrigated crop. How do lawns hurt the environment? • fertilizers run off into drains, contaminating drinking … Continue reading Grass is #1 US crop and is very water-dependent

HEY, TAKE A HIKE on Nat’l Trails Day! – June 7

There are over 200,000 miles of hiking trails in the United States according to the American Hiking Society. Tread lightly and leave no trace! Nature awaits. Click here to find an event near you. "To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather … Continue reading HEY, TAKE A HIKE on Nat’l Trails Day! – June 7

By means of water, we give life to everything.  -Koran 21:30

The Value of Water

Missouri: water plants growing below surface of Big Stream (Ozarks). By means of water, we give life to everything.  -Koran 21:30

UNDERSTANDING COAL and CARBON and WATER (as U.S. weighs coal regulations and alternatives)

IF COAL = CARBON, how do carbon emissions affect RIVERS, WATERSHEDS and FRESHWATER SUPPLIES? (Facts from THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS) Air pollution: Burning coal creates smog, soot, acid rain, global warming and toxic air emissions. It is the single biggest air polluter in the U.S. and those airborne particulates fall onto land and into … Continue reading UNDERSTANDING COAL and CARBON and WATER (as U.S. weighs coal regulations and alternatives)

NWNL Expedition Spotlights California Drought! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFy5b_rG1qI  Chasing California's Thirst   March 14-26, 2014 Expedition No Water No Life will visit the Sacramento Delta from San Francisco Bay to Antioch, the Sacramento River from the Delta north to the Butte Sink region, and the San Joaquin River from the Delta south to Bakersfield to document causes, impacts and solutions of California’s … Continue reading NWNL Expedition Spotlights California Drought! 

Is the California Drought here to stay?

The short answer is an emphatic, "YES!" It is real. Even if El Niño arrives next year, as some climatologists have hinted, California currently uses too much water to allow replenishment of its reservoirs and ground water - now at historic low levels. It is predicted that precipitation levels will fluctuate wildly, as they have … Continue reading Is the California Drought here to stay?

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”

Columbia River is one of the most hydro-dammed rivers in the world

The Columbia is one of the most hydro-dammed river basins in the world with some dams now over 70 years old. These dams change downstream water flows, and stop fish migrations. They are also buckling under decades of accumulated polluted sediment. The pressure is on for decommissioning many of these older dams, and 2 large … Continue reading Columbia River is one of the most hydro-dammed rivers in the world