Straining the Mara River

A NextGen Blog by Jacqueline Jobin, University of Minnesota. All Photos © Alison M. Jones, unless otherwise noted. This is the latest NWNL NEXTGEN BLOG post. Since 2007, NWNL has fostered watershed education with internships and blog opportunities. Our NWNL NEXTGEN BLOG series hosts student essays; sponsors a forum for its high school senior, college and grad contributors; and invites proposals from…

The Menaces of the Mau Forest

A NWNL NextGen Blog by Jacqueline Jobin, University of Minnesota. 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,…

The Weight of Life

By Sarah Ross, NWNL Project Manager Photos © Alison M Jones INTRODUCTION  While in Ethiopia in 2005, NWNL Director Alison Jones witnessed health issues, known as fistulas faced by African girls and women tasked to carry heavy jugs of water. Her visit to Addis Ababa's Fistula Hospital and research led to her essay on women…

Kenya’s Mara River – Under Threat Today

By NWNL Director Alison M JonesPhotos © Alison M Jones This May, NWNL was again in Kenya investigating the impacts of proposed dams, drought and deforestation on Kenya’s Mara River.  Many scenes substantiated concern. On arrival in Kenya, conversations were a-buzz with comments on the extremely low levels of Mara River and its Talek River,…

The Serengeti’s Meyasi Mollel

Today, NWNL Director Alison M Jones will give a joint presentation in New York City with Serengeti Preservation Foundation Director, Meyasi Mollel. They will discuss Africa's Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, its threats, and a variety of solutions to protect the wildlife and ecosystems within this renowned "8th Wonder of the World." Zebras about to cross the Mara…