PROJECT DIRECTOR’S NOTES
WANTED IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER 2010: HEALTHY RIVERS
I wrote my letter below before hearing of the 3 deadly bombs set off in Uganda during the World Cup. In April I was in Uganda – impressed by its beauty, its potential and its friendly people. I send my condolences to all Ugandans.
EXPEDITIONS: It’s 103 degrees in NYC today, but editing White Nile River images from our April expedition in Uganda cools me as I look at the rivulets of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the mist of Murchison Falls! Continuing to focus on the need for healthy rivers, NWNL has documented three of its 6 case-study watersheds over the last four months:
♦ Uganda’s White Nile River Basin from L. Victoria to L. Albert;
♦ Kenya’s Mara River Basin during the rainy season;
♦ Stewardship training in New Jersey’s Raritan River Basin.
Recently Discovery’s Planet Green and The Explorers Journal have covered NWNL’s progress.
Future expeditions are being planned to the Lower Nile, Lower Mississippi and Raritan Rivers, and the Columbia’s Glacier NP. New threats keep coming – like plans for the Gibe 3 Dams on the Omo River and a commercial highway in the Mara River Basin’s Serengeti NP. So NWNL keeps pushing out news and expedition materials into all forms of media.
VIDEO: NWNL has its first video: The Mau Forest: Source of the Mara. This 10-minute piece by Alison Fast covers our 2009 Mara River Expedition’s investigation of Kenya’s droughts and reforestation efforts. Our next video will address impacts of the Gibe Dams on Ethiopia’s Omo River.
Video is creative and exciting, but demands patience and FUNDING! We’ve got the patience, but need funding. See our website to donate by Pay Pal or check and see your name in our film credits!!
Stay cool this summer by helping us protect our rivers! Alison M. Jones