Calendar for 2014
Sept. 2–30: Lower Mississippi River Basin Expedition
NWNL Director Alison Jones will attend the 24th Annual Conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists on “Risk and Resilience” in New Orleans from Sept. 3–7, and then document other sites and stakeholders along the Lower Mississippi – valued as a critical transportation route but threatened by agricultural pollution from upstream petrochemical pollution, from “Cancer Alley”, and from severe storms and floods.
October 15–20, 2014: National Wilderness Conference, Albuquerque, NM
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act signed into law September 3, 1964, by US President Lyndon B. Johnson. NWNL Director Alison Jones will attend the National Wilderness Conference with the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). The first national gathering of the wilderness community in 25 years, this conference features numerous presentations and panel discussions on civic engagement, education, history, science and stewardship.
October 21–23, 2014: Columbia River Basin 2014 Conference, Seattle, WA
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Columbia River Treaty. NWNL Director Alison Jones will attend this conference to join leaders and community members in discussions of the future of the Columbia River Basin. For more information, see Columbia River Basin 2014 Conference.
Calendar for 2015
January and February: NWNL in East Africa
NWNL Director Alison Jones will be based in Nairobi to update NWNL documentation and research of its three African casestudy watersheds: The Nile, Mara and Omo River Basins. Her focus will include 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.
March 14 – Oct. 4: Solo Exhibit at Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Gallery – Photographs taken by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life
May (dates to be determined): Little River, Southwest Virginia
NWNL will spend a week documenting this headwater tributary of the Tennessee River, which flows on to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The region, designated critical freshwater habitat of the fluted-kidneyshell mussel habitat, is a focus area of The Nature Conservancy.
Past Events, 2014
July 15: Lecture at The Wild Center in Adirondacks State Park, NY
The Essex County Adirondacks Garden Club of Essex NY presented NWNL Director Alison Jones speaking on “The Use of Photography as a Tool for Conservation.” Alison also addressed the impact of invasive species and the importance of forests in our watersheds.
June 13: 6th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference, New Brunswick, NJ
NWNL Director Alison Jones attended the conference; the topic was “Valuing Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services”. The conference was put on by Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative at Rutgers University.
May 12 – June 2: Snake River Basin Expedition
NWNL, with Director Alison Jones, completed its Columbia River documentation with a 4th expedition to this important Pacific NW watershed. The Snake River is the largest tributary to the Columbia. See NWNL’s Snake River Expedition Purpose, Itinerary and photo galleries.
April 26: 24th Annual Stream Clean Up, Raritan River Headwaters, NJ
Each spring the Raritan Headwaters Association organizes clean up programs to protect water quality and promote public stewardship of local streams and rivers. This year’s annual stream clean up was at multiple sites throughout Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris Counties. NWNL Director Alison M. Jones was one of the volunteers participating.
April 22: Earth Day’s “Water Symposium” at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY with NWNL Director Alison Jones as one of the panelists.
John Cronin (Beacon Institute Fellow at Clarkson University and Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs, Pace University) gave the keynote address. The panel discussion also included Alex Prud’homme (author of The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century and Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know); Karl Weber (editor of companion book to the film); and Nicholas A. Robinson (Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at Pace University).
March 14–26: NWNL Spotlight: California Drought
NWNL with Director Alison Jones visited the Sacramento Delta from San Francisco Bay to Antioch, the Sacramento River from the Delta north to the Butte Sink region, and the San Joaquin River from the Delta south to Bakersfield to document causes, impacts and solutions of California’s drought with photography, video and stakeholder interviews. See NWNL’s California Drought 2014 Spotlight pages.
Past Events, 2013
Dec. 17, New York, NY:
“Caring for our Water Resources” – A lecture by NWNL Director Alison Jones to upper and middle school students of Birch Wathen Lenox School.
Dec. 5: Sustainable Raritan River Mini-Conference, Duke Farms, Hillsborough NJ
Alison Jones, NWNL Director, attended to explore public access to the Raritan, regional climate change effects, wetlands and stormwater management, and regional conservation planning.
Nov. 19: Lecture, The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry NY
“Caring For Our Watersheds” – NWNL Director Alison Jones spoke to the entire student body, and then discussed watershed issues in chemistry, history and photography classes.
Nov. 1: Norwalk Community College, CT
“Documenting Our Watersheds” – Alison Jones returned to the college where she took her first photography class to discuss the power of photography as a tool for conservation.
Oct. 3–6, Chattanooga TN:
Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Conference. As a SEJ member, NWNL Director Alison Jones attended this conference to learn more about US watershed issues, especially focusing on the Tennessee River Valley issues: past, present and future.
Sept. 26 – Oct. 28: Tennessee & Ohio River Basins Expedition
This 6th NWNL expedition to the greater Mississippi River Basin visited two major tributaries that flow west into the Mississippi River. Threats to the health of these watersheds were documented, and solutions that are being put in place were discussed in stakeholder interviews.
Sept. 4–9, British Columbia, Canada:
Salt Spring Island Symposium. NWNL participated in this annual conference of selected explorers to share its 6 years of watershed documentation and research.
June 11, New Brunswick, NJ:
Raritan River Initiative’s 5th Annual Conference. NWNL attended seminars at the EJ Blaustein School of Rutgers University. Explore Sustainable Raritan River and see NWNL’s Raritan video on the home page.
May 12 – June 3: Upper and Middle Mississippi River Expedition
In its 5th Mississippi River Basin expedition, NWNL followed the main stem of the great “Old Muddy” from its Lake Itasca source (1,475 feet [450 m] above sea level) to Saint Louis (465 feet [142 m] above sea level) where the river’s longest tributary, the Missouri River, enters.
May 6, Far Hills, NJ:
“Caring for our Watersheds.” A lecture for Far Hills Country Day School fifth-grader students by NWNL Director Alison Jones.
April 3, New York City, NY:
“Where Does Our Water Come From?” A lecture for Birch Wathen Lenox School Lower School students by NWNL Director Alison Jones.
Feb. 20–24, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico:
“Meet the Explorers” – Alison Jones will discuss NWNL findings on a panel of members of the Explorers Club Conservation Committee and be part of conservation meetings these 4 days on water issues.
Jan. 5 – Feb. 5: On this 4th expedition to the Omo River Basin, NWNL investigated threats of lower water levels to the Omo’s terminus due to 5 hydro-dams in the Upper Omo basin and extraction of water for sugar cane and cotton plantations in the Lower Omo. See Expedition’s Purpose.