Voices of the River
NWNL has recorded over 900 interviews and lectures. About half were taped and are already transcribed. Transcribed interviews that have been edited are online and listed below. (NB: Many interviews still formatted in our earlier website style. Updates are ongoing).
(listed in chronological order)
John Ruskey A Mississippi River Guide, 2008
Dr. Bryan Piazza Atchafalaya Basin, 2011
Paul Kemp Mississippi Flyway & Delta, 2011
Pat Landry Life on Grand Isle, LA, 2011
Jim Fruge Gaspergou, Etouffée and Fais Do-Do, 2011
Madeleine Cenac The Creole Culture, 2011
Larry Esteche & Adam Guidry BP Oil Spill Impacts, 2011
Dr. Laura Jackson Row Crops on the Prairie, 2013
Morgan Turner TVA in Mississippi, 2013
Daryl Smith Reconstructing Prairies, 2013
TVA Representatives Coal Fly Ash Spill, 2013
John Ruskey A Paddler’s Perspective, 2014
Paul Kemp Saving New Orleans, 2014
Amanda Moore A Delta Restoration, 2014
Jamie Dardar Isle de Jean Charles, 2014
Andrew Caven Regal Fritillaries/Platte River Prairies, 2017
Emma Buckley Platte River Timelapse, 2017
George Archibald Cranes, 2017
Brice Krohn Central Platte River Basin, 2017
Sarah Sortum Sandhills Species in Nebraska, 2017
Bruce Switzer Sandhills Farming in Nebraska, 2017
Karen Baker Port of Natchez during the Spring 2019 Flood, 2019
Richard Hess Local Backroads Knowledge, 2019
Randy Tillman Planning a Helicopter Tour of a Flooded Mississippi River, 2019
Jamie Dardar Hurricane Ida Hits Isle de Jean Charles, 2021
THE BIRTH OF VOICES OF THE RIVER On our first expedition, we tested our new NWNL Expedition Methodology as we met with Columbia River scientists and stewards for advice on photographing local issues they deemed significant. We immediately realized these contacts wanted to share more knowledge than we’d expected.
On a Canadian bluff above the Columbia River, we couldn’t take notes fast enough while listening to John Bergenske, Director of Wildsight and our 3rd NWNL interviewee. We put down our pens, grateful for expedition guest ‘s videocam that captured all 2 hours of his insights. Grasping the value of a compendium of such in-depth interviews, we’ve taped all expedition interviews. It’s clear these Voices of the River amplify our photo archive.
CONTENT OF VOICES OF THE RIVER Since 2007, NWNL has conducted over 900 interviews with Ph.D. academics, farmers, sign-makers, fishermen, flood victims, geo-morphologists, Maasai elders, coal mine owners, photographers, Native American chiefs, historians and potamologists (those who study rivers). Taken together, these Voices of the River from over 60 expeditions, seminars and lectures form a unique archive of past, current and predicted challenges, data and solutions to help ensure available clean water for all humans, species, and ecosystems.
VALUE OF VOICES OF THE RIVER Cumulatively, our interviews address most of the global threats to our freshwater resources. Mostly from within our six NWNL watersheds, these voices represent widely-differing economies, cultures and stages of development – on two very different continents. Their watershed management approaches include solutions for efficient water usage, environmental restoration, community-based environmental education and transboundary settlements. This archive is for historians, stewards everywhere facing similar issues and those who are curious, concerned and committed to a healthier planet.