Rivers, Estuaries and Oceans

By Alison M. Jones, NWNL Founding Director & Conservation Photographer. This post honors the UN celebration of World Oceans Day (June 8) and The Explorers Club World Oceans Week (June 5-9). All Photos © Alison M. Jones. NWNL focuses on freshwater availability, quality and usage. Oceans are also critical to the hydrologic cycle as rivers flow into oceans via estuaries…

Policy and Politics in the California Drought

A NWNL NextGen Blog by Ruby O’Connor, University College Dublin. Photos by Alison M. Jones. This is the latest post to our NWNL NEXTGEN BLOG series. Since 2007, NWNL has supported watershed education with college internships and blogging opportunities. Our NWNL NEXTGEN BLOG series posts only student essays; sponsors a forum for its student contributors; and invites student proposals to write on watershed values,…

Wild and Scenic River: Merced River

Sections of California's Merced River were added to the Wild and Scenic River System at two separate times, November 2, 1987 and October 23, 1992. The designated sections include  the Red Peak Fork, Merced Peak Fork, Triple Peak Fork, and Lyle Fork, from their sources in Yosemite National Park to Lake McClure; and the South Fork from…

Chasing Environmental Change

By Joannah Otis, for No Water No Life Joannah is a Georgetown University sophomore studying Environmental Studies, Art History and Psychology. A member of the university’s Environmental Club, she enjoys spending her free time in N.J.'s Raritan River Basin, a NWNL case study watershed.  Joannah is a NWNL Researcher for Fall 2017.  Below is Part II of…

On “The Rim of Fire”

Essay and Photos by NWNL Director Alison M. Jones.  FIVE NWNL EXPEDITIONS have focused on CA’s recent multi-year drought, ended by winter 2017’s heavy snows and rains.  I returned last week to report on any impacts from that drought - only to find drought is back already! Flying into Central California, I was stunned to…