Dealing with California’s 4-year drought

“The End of California?” is the headline of Timothy Egan’s New York Times op ed piece for May 3. “California,” he says, “from this drought onward, will be a state transformed.… The Golden State may recover, but it won’t be the same place.” As dire as that sounds, an aggressive statewide effort – to use … Continue reading Dealing with California’s 4-year drought

Even invasive species can be beautiful

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is one of the world's worst aquatic weeds. It is characterized by rapid growth rate, extensive reproductive output and broad environmental resistance. It creates dense mats of vegetation that restrict oxygen in water, causing deterioration in water quality, fish mortality and declining biodiversity. A healthy acre of the plant can weigh … Continue reading Even invasive species can be beautiful

Shrimpin’ in Louisiana – a waning tradition?

Shrimp boats are a common sight, but shrimpers and oystermen in the Mississippi River Delta are struggling with decreased fisheries due to oil spills, and changes in water salinity and temperatures. Related reading: Louisiana oyster and shrimp industries in serious decline after BP oil spill  

Our 20th Expedition!

Please Help Fund the NWNL Lower Mississippi River Expedition September 2 - 30, 2014 Expedition Route NWNL will visit the Lower Mississippi River Basin including: New Orleans, The Delta, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Vicksburg, Clarksdale, Memphis and small river towns en route. Expedition Focus • Urban and Rural Resiliency to Climate Change. • Coastal Erosion and … Continue reading Our 20th Expedition!

Preserving the beautiful Snake River!

NWNL Expedition Photographers are zigzagging with the Snake River, focusing on infrastructure, watershed management, agriculture, biodiversity and impacts of climate and pollution on river health.

Oysters for the Raritan and Hudson Bays

NWNL focuses on solutions to watershed degradation as much as it does on watershed threats. This spring, NWNL guest writer Carly Shields is investigating an exciting innovative approach to reducing pollution and stabilizing shorelines in the New Jersey-New York Raritan and Hudson Bays. Her first report begins: “Oysters are more than something you're served at … Continue reading Oysters for the Raritan and Hudson Bays

We’re all connected downstream

WHAT YOU CAN DO to protect our water resources: Support the EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers - It’s critical we all have clean fresh water! The EPA and USACE are proposing a clarification of their rules that protect our water quality by addressing upstream impacts on downstream communities. Ending loopholes in the 1970’s … Continue reading We’re all connected downstream

NWNL documents and studies entire watersheds - not just rivers and lakes, because what happens on the land is what effects water quality and availability.

2nd Annual ‘Mara Day’ to raise awareness of degradation of Mara River basin ecosystem

On September 15th, stakeholders from Kenya, Tanzania and surrounding communities will come together to celebrate Mara Day to focus on the health of the Mara River. Informative activities and presentations aim to foster discussions on water quality, pollution, deforestation, drought and other environmental and social challenges facing the MRB and its sustainable development. More than … Continue reading 2nd Annual ‘Mara Day’ to raise awareness of degradation of Mara River basin ecosystem

Protect America’s Endangered Rivers

Every year since 1986, American Rivers has teamed up with river conservationists to release an annual report of America's Most Endangered Rivers. This report highlights a number of threats to our rivers and examines risks to communities and wildlife.Three of these Endangered Rivers are tributaries to two NWNL case-study watersheds:  The Columbia River Basin (The … Continue reading Protect America’s Endangered Rivers