NO WATER NO LIFE ®
February 2010 Newsletter

“To stick your hand into the river is to feel the cords
that bind the earth together in one piece.” – Barry Lopez

Collecting water in Mara River Basin from new pump in Kenya and Mara Estuary in Tanzania.

FROM THE NWNL DIRECTOR
NWNL MOVES FROM 2009 TO 2010

FALL 2009
NWNL closed 2009 with a “Length of the Mara River” Expedition, documenting a low-water crisis caused by drought, headwaters deforestation, unregulated water extraction and pollution. This Nile River Basin sub-watershed includes the world-renowned Maasai Mara NR, Serengeti NP and Lake Victoria. Our expedition team consisted of myself, Peabody-Award-winning videographer Alison Fast, Kenyan wildlife guide/driver Tari Wako and Tanzanian Airboat Safari director Joash Romeo. We were supported by:

•  In-kind contributions: James Robertson, Chair of Ker and Downey
    Safaris & Director of the Mara Conservancy
•  Fiscal donations: Scott Pearlman Field Awards, the Towbin
    Foundation and many generous individuals
•  Expedition Flags: The Explorers Club and Wings WorldQuest

WINTER 2010
The interviews and imagery gathered by the Mara River Expedition have spawned exciting new milestones for NWNL: national and international magazine coverage; photo awards; 100 pro-bono hours from fundraiser Kathleen Hofmann; new partnerships and endorsements, and international interest in use of NWNL materials for a 1-hour TV documentary on the Mara River Basin. This breadth of recognition greatly helps NWNL raise awareness of the vulnerability of our fresh-water resources – and what happens when there is no water.

— Alison M. Jones

WHAT’S UP FOR NWNL

UPCOMING 2010 EXPEDITIONS

• March/April: Uganda’s White Nile River Basin. Documentation of Murchison Falls, biodiversity, forests
   and habitats now protected by Uganda’s National Parks.

July: Lake Victoria Basin (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda). Documentation of Direct Relief International’s
   start-up of its Lake Victoria Basin Integrated Health Initiative.
• Sept/Oct: Texas Panhandle – Mississippi River Basin. Documentation of droughts and agricultural
   practices, reminiscent of Dust Bowl days, are again devastating communities and ecosystems.

NEW ON NWNL WEBSITE

•  Photos and itinerary from
    NWNL’s Mara River Basin
    Expedition – Sept/Oct 2009.
•  Links to water-related
    organizations in North America,
    Africa and worldwide.
•  Calendar of water-related
    Conferences and
    Global Observances.

Explorers Club Seminar – led by Alison Jones (standing center

NWNL LECTURES

•  November ’09: NWNL lectures in Westport CT, Long Island NY and Westchester NY.
•  January ’10: NWNL seminar on “Creating an Expedition-Based Project” at NYC’s Explorers Club;
    and NWNL in student classrooms in New Canaan CT.
•  February ’10: NWNL at the North American Nature Photography Association’s Summit,
    presenting “Threats Facing Ethiopia’s Omo River” and “Grant-Getting Tips.”

NWNL’s 1-hour “Managing Our Watersheds” photo-lecture for adults and students uses expedition images and interviews to document the vulnerability of our fresh water and sustainable solutions. call (212) 861-6961 to book Alison’s presentations and/or classroom time.

UPCOMING MAGAZINE COVERAGE OF NWNL

•  International Rivers – March
•  Global Woman Late March
•  The Explorers Log – Summer

OTHER WATER-RELATED NEWS

NWNL ON TWITTER. Water-related tweets posted almost daily.

WATCH THE PHYSICS OF WATER. View a waterdrop filmed 67 times slower than normal, bouncing off surface tension.

DID YOU KNOW that 1/3 of the world’s drinking water is lost from municipal distribution systems before it reaches consumers? This short video is about those urban water losses by a company that structures urban water efficiency. (This is not a NWNL endorsement of Miya, rather a chance to raise greater awareness that cities must address infrastructure.)

POISONED WATERS: A PBS FRONTLINE TV DOCUMENTARY. Using a NWNL-style methodology, Pulitzer Prize journalist Hedrick Smith examines hazards to human health and ecosystems in our waterways. Using photography and interviews with scientists, stewards, corporate executives and private stakeholders, Smith reveals the perilous conditions of the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound as they face new sources of contamination.

 

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