4th of July ASSOCIATIONS: Independence–Missouri–Mississippi River–Mark Twain

Anticipating the Fourth of July U.S. holiday, we think of “independence,” which makes me think of Independence, Missouri. Now a suburb of Kansas City, this city was originally the point of departure of our California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. At the crossroads of the Missouri, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, Independence was the hometown of…

Will the movie “DamNation” lead to the removal of the lower four Snake River Dams?

Since the release of the movie "DamNation" over a year ago, over 72 dams have been removed and over 730 miles of rivers were restored across the United States according to the non-profit conservation organization American Rivers. In January of this year, the producers of the movie met with members of Congress and White House…

Serpentine Curves and Manufactured Angles of the Mississippi

Aerial photos of the Atchafalaya Basin. - Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

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…

America’s energy leftovers makes its mark

The world's largest deposits of "recoverable" coal are in the U.S. Will we always be exporting coal? - Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director