Sometimes a really critical piece of a conservation project isn’t the photography, the charismatic megafauna or stunning plants. Sometimes it’s something much more mundane or prosaic, like transcripts.
That’s where a NANPA grant was especially helpful for Sarah Ross, now a project manager at No Water No Life, an organization that investigates critical bodies of water, from rivers and estuaries to small springs. In case studies of watersheds they look at the value of the resource as well as how it is being affected by issues large and small, from climate change and habitat degradation to pollution and nearby mining or timber operations.
A key component of these case studies and spotlight investigations is an extensive series of interviews with the scientists study the water system, the people who use the water and the individuals and organizations working to preserve and improve the health of the watershed. Sarah recently provided us with an update on her work:
Thanks to the support of the NANPA Foundation’s Philip Hyde Conservation Grant in 2015, my No Water No Life project (begun in 2006) has transcribed its 400+ “Voices of the River” interviews of watershed scientists, stakeholders and stewards. Currently, these NWNL interviews are being edited; illustrated with my expedition photos (2007 to 2019); and then transferred to our recently-updated Voices of the River website.
I continue creating NWNL Weekly DROPS of News, NWNL blogs, lectures and exhibits. I will complete my documentation of 6 NWNL case study watersheds (3 in N America and 3 in Africa) and 4 NWNL spotlighted regions (California, Rome, Amboseli NP and Northern India).
My remaining expeditions are: #69 in Oct’19 to Upper Missouri River Basin. and # 70 in Nov ’19 to Egypt’s Lower Nile River and Delta). Next year, 2020, will catapult me into my archives of NWNL photos, interviews and expedition journals to write a book on NWNL’s Watershed Voices and Views.