Following Rivers | A Photo Exhibit by Alison M. Jones for No Water No Life®

March 14—October 3, 2015


On the banks of our rivers we raise families, grow food, do laundry, fish, swim, celebrate and relax. Following Rivers, a new exhibit by conservation photographer and No Water No Life® Founding Director Alison M. Jones, tells a visual story of people and the critical water issues they face, the result of simply living their lives.  Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University will showcase the photographs by Ms. Jones from March 14—October 3, 2015 at their gallery at 199 Main Street in Beacon, NY.

After 8 years and 22 expeditions to river basins in North America and Africa, Jones has combined the power of photography and science to motivate watershed stewardship and urge support of sustainable management of water resources. Her role as ambassador for No Water No Life® (NWNL) is to document her explorations and share how grassroots monitoring, innovative technology, new attitudes and transboundary cooperation might mitigate climate disruptions affecting water supplies.

Following Rivers, coordinated with the help of NWNL Exhibition Editor Jasmine Graf, is a compelling collection of giclee photographs grouped together with informational captioning that will illustrate that what we do in our communities impacts the availability, quality and usage of our freshwater resources. Interactive elements will be included in the exhibit that will encourage viewers to translate images into questions: What are the impacts of our daily actions? How can we ensure clean fresh water for all of us forever? How can we best protect our life-giving rivers and estuaries? By encouraging personal engagement in this way, the NWNL philosophy of raising awareness for action will be embedded in Following Rivers for a greater understanding of the unique interdependence and vulnerability of our watersheds, glaciers, wetlands, plains, estuaries and tributaries.

Beacon Institute gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (second Saturday until 8 p.m.); Sunday-Monday closed. For more information call (845) 838-1600 ext 16 or visit

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"Upstream profits can destroy downstream communities" 
Composite photos L to R: Construction of Ethiopia's Gibe 3 Dam / An Ethiopian elder sees change along the Omo River

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