From Natchez: The Mississippi Is A-Rising

Written by Alison M Jones Photographs by Peggy Pierrepont and Alison M. Jones This blog stems from 2 months of photographs and commentary shared by Peggy Pierrepont.  A former TV producer, Peggy has lived in Natchez MS for 24 years. Weather permitting, she paddles the Mississippi River and its backwaters daily, keenly observing its foibles.…

World Wetlands Day 2018

World Wetlands Day - February 2, 2018 blog by Sarah Kearns, NWNL Project Manager Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa What are "wetlands"? Synonyms: Marsh, fen, bog, pothole, mire, swamp, bottomlands, pond, wet meadows, muskeg, slough, floodplains, river overflow, mudflats, saltmarsh, sea grass beds, estuaries, and mangroves. Development on edge of Columbia Wetlands, British Columbia Worldwide, wetlands…

A Blind Eye to Flooding – No More Excuses

By Alison Jones, No Water No Life Director NWNL sends our sympathies to those suffering from Hermine’s winds and rains. As this hurricane slashes its way north, we hope for the least amount of flood damage possible. As 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and August’s Louisiana Floods showed, we have created a bad scenario along our waterways.…

A Nameless Louisiana Flood: Tragedy and Case Study

By Alison M. Jones No Water No Life's thoughts are with all who’ve lost so much in Louisiana, particularly in eastern Baton Rouge. In our 5 watershed expeditions in the Lower Mississippi River Basin, we have learned much about flooding. This essay analyzes the history, causes and devastating effects of high-water events in Louisiana, and all…

A Voice from the Mississippi River Delta

“No fishing. No gardening. No hunting. No land. No fresh water.” Jamie Dardar, in his 
Creole-Indian drawl, noted that below New Orleans, the Mississippi River’s delta is now
 losing one football field of land every hour. Maps are outdated with each wave. In Jamie’s youth, gardens on Isle de Jean Charles spilled over with tomatoes,…