Calendar for 2016
Sept 18–28: SEJ Conference and California Drought Expedition, Sacramento, CA
Alison Jones, NWNL Director and SEJ member, will attend the annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), with discussions including the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and Lake Tahoe. As the meeting will be in Sacramento CA, she will also continue documentation for the NWNL Spotlight on the California Drought and El Niño impacts.
Now through Dec. 16, 2016: “Across Watersheds” exhibit in New Brunswick, NJ
This initiative is part of a partnership with coLAB Arts and the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership (LRWP) to create watershed awareness. Photographs by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life, curated by Jasmine Graf, represent documentation of the six No Water No Life North American and African case study watersheds with emphasis on New Jersey’s Raritan Basin. Robert Wood Johnson Wellness Center, 100 Kirkpatrick St., 2nd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
May 2016 – 2022: Smithsonian’s “H2O Today / Water Matters” initiative
This traveling exhibition series features a image by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life (NWNL). SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service) creates its exhibits for educational purposes. The Water Matters exhibit will be shown in various US communities from 2016 to 2022. See the H2O Today page for the itinerary. This teaching opportunity discusses our water usage and how water influences our lives. An online digital exhibit will run from 2016 to 2026. This exhibition is being developed by the Museum on Main Street (MoMS), a branch of SITES.
Calendar for 2017
Dates to be announced: Group Exhibit, New Brunswick, NJ
Featured in this exhibit will be photos by NWNL Director Alison Jones that appear in The Raritan River: Our Landscape, Our Legacy, published by Rutgers University Press.
Past Events, 2016
July 8 – Aug. 2: Raritan River Basin Expedition
Alison Jones, NWNL Director and Photographer, met with scientists and stewards in this watershed; participated in the NY/NJ Baykeeper EcoCruise in the Raritan Bay; and worked with an Upper Raritan Land Trust.
June 10: Sustainable Raritan River Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
NWNL Director Alison Jones attended the 8th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference which focused on water quality; management of rivers, wetlands and forest; stormwater management/flooding; and citizen science.
May 9: Discussion of Raritan River issues, Mountainville, NJ
Alison Jones, NWNL Director, will present a slide show and narrative of her photographs of the Raritan Bay, focusing on the estuary ecology of the Raritan Bay and its headwaters at the Tewksbury Environmental Commission’s meeting, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. The presentation is open to the public. Location: Tewksbury Township Building, 60 Water Street, Mountainville, NJ.
April 29 – June 18: Mississippi River Photo ShootOut exhibit, Alton, IL
A photo by Alison M. Jones on NWNL’s 2013 Mississippi River Expedition, “Solitary sandpiper at Lake Itasca”, is one of the winners of the Mississippi River Photo ShootOut. Entries were on exhibit at the Jacoby Arts Center, and later became a traveling exhibition seen at numerous locations along the Mississippi River. More info….
April 20: NWNL at the 25th Annual African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC) Benefit
No Water No Life attended the ARC Annual Artists for Africa Benefit in New York City. Photography by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life was featured as an auction item.
Jan. 6 – Feb. 23: Expedition to Mara and Omo River Basins
Alison Jones, Director of No Water No Life, returned to Kenya for follow-up documentation of the Mara and Omo River Basins. She also edited transcribed interviews from former expeditions for posting on the NWNL website.
Past Events, 2015
Nov. 15–16: NWNL at iLCP Meeting and WiLDspeak! in Washington DC
NWNL’s Alison Jones, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, attended this organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 15 and participated the next day in presentations, discussions and meetings at WiLDSpeak! – a symposium on photography, conservation, and communications.
Nov. 14, Lecture in DC: “Ethiopia’s Omo River and Kenya’s Lake Turkana”
This 1-hour presentation by NWNL Director Alison Jones was part of FotoWeek DC, a large annual festival of photography in Washington DC from Nov. 7–15. The afternoon program was called “Bodies of Work – Bodies of Water”. Admission was free and no reservations were needed.
Oct. 8 – Nov. 9: “Across Watersheds” exhibit in Cranbury, NJ
Photography by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life, curated by Jasmine Graf. Canvas giclée photographs by Alison M. Jones represented documentation of the six No Water No Life North American and African casestudy watersheds with heavy emphasis on New Jersey’s Raritan Basin. New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve, Cranbury, NJ.
Oct. 7–11: The Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference on “Weather, Water and Energy”
Alison Jones, NWNL Director and SEJ member, joined discussions on Superfund sites, Water rights, Fracking plights, Agriculture, Earthquakes, Climate-change stakes and Pipeline breaks. SEJ’s 25th Annual Conference, Norman, Oklahoma
March 26 – Oct. 7: “Across Watersheds” exhibit in E. Brunswick, NJ
Photographs by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life, curated by Jasmine Graf, were exhibited in the vestibule. Canvas giclée photographs by Alison M. Jones represent documentation of the six No Water No Life North American and African casestudy watersheds with heavy emphasis on New Jersey’s Raritan Basin. The Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ.
March 14 – Oct. 3: Solo Exhibit “Following Rivers” at Beacon Institute Gallery
Photographs by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life, curated by Jasmine Graf. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University, headquartered in Beacon, New York, is an environmental research nonprofit engaging scientists, engineers, environmentalists, subject experts and students to apply diverse intellectual and physical resources to the water challenges of the 21st century. Beacon Institute Gallery, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY.
Aug. 14 – Sept. 15: River Reading Display
A reading list for adults and children (it’s never too early!) of NWNL’s favorite books related to freshwater conservation issues. NWNL Games, booklets, cards, and other informational materials were on display for folks to take and share. Somerset County Library – Bound Brook Memorial Library Branch, 402 East High St, Bound Brook, NJ.
August 13–18: CA Drought Spotlight: The DustBowl Route
July 22, 6–8 PM: NY/NJ Baykeeper Open House
NWNL Director Alison Jones attended to learn more about this organization’s efforts in the Hudson-Raritan Rivers estuary regarding their Rising Seas Initiative, Microplastic Oyster Study, and more. NY/NJ Baykeeper Open House, NY/NJ Baykeeper HQ, 52 West Front Street, Keyport, New Jersey.
July 11, 6 PM: NWNL Lecture at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, by Alison M. Jones, Director of NWNL
Returning to Beacon’s monthly “Second Saturday,” Alison Jones again elaborated on the content of the NWNL Exhibit in Beacon, NY (showing through Oct. 3) and discussed other themes NWNL follows in its 6 case-study watersheds in Africa and North America. Beacon Institute Gallery, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY.
July 10: “Digital Terrain – Navigating the New World of Environmental Storytelling”
Alison Jones, NWNL Director and member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, attended this one-day workshop in NYC exploring emerging forms of environmental storytelling including online video, long-form narratives, data visualization, podcasting and social media.
March 26 – June 30: “Across Watersheds” a traveling photo exhibit – Photography by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life. The Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ.
May 27, 5–7 PM: Photo Exhibition by Alison M. Jones at Festival of the Arts
Art, Music, Theatrical performances for all to enjoy at Far Hills Country Day School, 697 Mine Brook Road, Far Hills, NJ. Free and Open to the Public
April 26, 10:30 AM: Lecture “Caring for Our Watersheds – Locally and Globally”
Dr. Judy Shaw and Alison M. Jones discussed how stewardship of our watersheds can raise awareness of the threats to freshwater availability, quality and usage in New Jersey’s Raritan River Basin and globally. They also spoke about ways to foster upstream and downstream partnerships that can create sustainable resource management solutions. Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ.
April 11, 6 PM: NWNL Lecture at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, by Alison M. Jones, Director of NWNL
On Beacon’s monthly “Second Saturday,” Alison Jones elaborated on the content of the NWNL Exhibit in Beacon, NY (Mar. 14 – Oct. 1) and discussed other themes NWNL follows in its six case-study watersheds in Africa and North America. Beacon Institute Gallery, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY.
Jan. 12 – March 1: NWNL in East Africa
NWNL Director Alison Jones was based in Nairobi to update NWNL documentation and research of its three African casestudy watersheds: The Nile, Mara and Omo River Basins. Her focus included the current status of Gibe III Dam and Omo agricultural schemes on Lake Turkana water levels; the sustainability of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystems and biodiversity in the face of poaching and increasing development pressures; and the declining level of Lake Victoria whose outflow to the White Nile is controlled by Uganda.
Jan. 2–6: NWNL in Natchez, Mississippi
NWNL returned to Natchez MS on the bluff of the Lower Mississippi River. NWNL Director Alison Jones attended the 26th Annual Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration. Next winter Alison will be a presenter for this same group when its 2016 theme will be “Natchez: A River Runs Past It.”