NO WATER NO LIFE ®

If man fails to honor the rivers, he shall not gain life from them.
— The Code of Hammurabi, 1760 BC

 
Scenes of the White Nile in Uganda.

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

NEW EXPEDITION PHOTOS: From our Nile River Basin Expedition in Uganda (April 2010)

Field Notes
Expedition Scenes

PHOTO GALLERIES
Birds
River Scenes
River Fauna
People Using the River
Abstract River Patterns

RECOMMENDED MOVIES on WATER ISSUES for this SUMMER
Having spent several weeks studying video post production in California and focusing on the Gulf spill issues, I am reminded of two classic water-related movies worth seeing again!

Chinatown – A 1974 feature film about threats to Los Angeles water supplies (directed by Roman Polanski with Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston – 2 hrs, 11 mins).
The Corporation – A 2004 documentary containing interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics (winner of 26 international awards – 2 hrs, 25 mins).

RECOMMENDED READING:

♦ Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America, by Thomas L. Friedman. Discussing many current watershed-related issues, Friedman notes that originally a “rival” was a person who shared a river bank with others.  As conflicts over riparian rights have evolved, the connotation of “rival” has changed from companionship to the competition that often happens between people seeking a common goal.

HONORS and AWARDS:

“Award of Excellence:” from Chicago Photo Forum’s International Photography Competition was given for an Alison M. Jones photo in northeastern Washington in the mid-Columbia River Basin during the 2007 NWNL Columbia River Basin expedition. It was on exhibit June 4–30 at Chicago’s Morpho Gallery.

NEW VIDEOS ON NWNL WEBSITE:

Mau Forest: Source of the Mara – A 10-minute video by Alison Fast, videographer on our Mara River Expedition (Fall 2009), addressing downstream impacts of the Gibe Dams on Ethiopia’s Omo River.

“Death of the Nile” – A 15-minute video by Andy Johnstone of Wild Dog Productions on the effects of climate change on those living in the Nile River Basin.

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