Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources

IJNR Fellows canoe past the site of the 2010 Talmadge Creek Oil Spill during the recent Kalamazoo River Institute.  See recaps of what they were up to on our blog, The Nooze! Read their dispatches from the road, and learn about Superfund sitesthe oil spilldam removal, and more. 

News Stories

Read the most current stories by fellows on our blog, The Nooze →

Brett Walton

Food vs. Water: High Commodity Prices Complicate Aquifer Protection in Colorado's San Luis Valley, by Brett Walton (Energy Country 2011), Circle of Blue, January 12, 2012.

Susan Bence

Waukesha's Diversion Plan, by Susan Bence (Great Waters 2011), WUVM, August 25, 2011.

Sharon Oosthoek

Invasive Species: Should We Learn to Love Them?, by Sharon Oosthoek (Great Waters 2009 & 2011, Lake Country 2009), published in CBC News, August 10, 2011.

Isabelle Grocs

Salish Sea Change, by Isabelle Groc , (Great Waters 2006, Puget Sound 2009), published in Canadian Geographic, June 2011 issue.

End of the Pipeline, a series by Kate Campbell, (Southern Cascadia 2002), AgAlert, May 25 - June 8, 2011.


Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia's Water Crisis

Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia's Water Crisis (October 2012), by Cheryl Colopy (2000 Pacific Northwest, 2001 Wildfire, 2002 Southern Cascadia). This nonfiction book explores South Asia's increasingly urgent water crisis, taking readers on a journey through North India, Nepal and Bangladesh, from the Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal. The book shows how rivers, traditionally revered by the people of the Indian subcontinent, have in recent decades deteriorated dramatically due to economic progress and gross mismanagement. Dams and ill-advised embankments strangle the Ganges and its sacred tributaries. Rivers have become sewage channels for a burgeoning population.

Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner

Call of the Mild (20012), by Lily Raff McCaulou (2006 Blue Mountains). When Raff McCaulou traded in an indie film production career in New York for a reporting job in central Oregon, she never imagined that she'd find herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She'd been raised as a gun-fearing environmentalist and an animal lover, and though a meat-eater, she'd always abided by the principle that harming animals is wrong. But Raff McCaulou's perspective shifted when she began spending weekends fly-fishing and weekdays interviewing hunters for her articles, realizing that many of them were more thoughtful about animals and the environment than she was.