So much river news is coming in…. I could blog my life away… Here is some goood water news

Posted on 19th October 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

Clean Flow International: a US company wins The Innovation in Technology Award, sponsored by the Wistex Foundation last March for its successful restoration of ten freshwater lakes in India that were heavily polluted by nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. The foundation is located in India and promotes technology that solves problems in India. see This company uses a combination of an oxygenation system and nitrogen and phosphorus-feeding bacteria to clean the waters with this type of pollutant. . Evidently it has worked quite well. So here we have a solution… On this site you’ll find both solutions and problems. hang on to your hats… here comes the shoe dropping…. The next blog is going to be about the cover of News Week magazine, October 18th 2010.. Stay tuned

The River Thames gets the Theiss River Prize for Outstanding Restoration

Posted on 15th October 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

The clean up of the River Thames
Fifty years after being declared biologically dead, the Thames has been hailed as an environmental success story. But how has the iconic river been transformed? Check out this inspiring story.

A Big Thank you to my Students

Posted on 15th October 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

You know, learning about the world’s rivers has been a real journey for me. I started out just looking at the facinating story of one river, the Cuyahoga. Now with the help of my artist friends and my dedicated students we share the stories of many rivers. Lately as a class we have been researching web sites that talk about the rivers that have been reclaimed. This has been so uplifting. It can be done, it is being done and it must be done! The Global Rivers Art Exchange is in search of cleaned rivers.. We will be posting our research on rivers that have been restored.

We are rockin and a rollin for the water, people!!!

Posted on 23rd September 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

News flash!!!!! The Martin Methodist College ART TEAM has 50 people signed up this year! We have had our first meeting of the semester and agreed to make a big parade … A grand water appreciation parade, complete with a 15-person river costume, song , dance , and water headgear!!

Come join the wave!  Next meeting will be: 3:30, Oct 6, in Rroom 206, Gault Fine Art center. 

The two rivers we are studying for this parade are the Doan Brook  and the Cuyahoga River of Cleveland, Ohio. Our costumes will reflect the rich history and habitat of these two amazing waterways. The art club plans to take a van-full of participants to join the annual Parade the Circle, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, in June, 2011.

River News Update

Posted on 20th August 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

Here, at the  Global Rivers Headquarters, Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN, we are excited to be invited to study the Doan Brook — a small  intra-city river, rich in history, in Cleveland,Ohio.
The previous blog spells out our proposal to teach the story of the river at The Intergenerational School in Cleveland. That is residency is now slated for January , a better time for teachers to introduce new material. The Doan Brook Water shed has 32 schools in it’s region. We plan to introduce the curriculum to more middle schools in the area.

Currently we are working on two intercity rivers at the same time. The other river is the Magdalena of Mexico it is a fascinating river in it’s own right. Twenty Kilometers long it starts as a pristine and roaring mountain river in the Dynamo Mountains near Mexico City. Half way down she meets her fate, to end as a sewer. She is now gathering support as we met her heroes, caregivers, and engineers.  I spent 2 weeks in Mexico and had a chance to start a video project about the life, history, and challenges of the worlds rivers called Extreme River Makeover. The idea is to find rivers that have been . are now, or need to be made over and nudge the process along with coverage by video,  celebration, and education. I even found an amazing group called Eco Barrio who are teaching people ways to live in harmony with there water shed.

More on all this later.

Yours, in Search of River Solutions,


Our Newest Project

Posted on 15th July 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

Wear the River!
Proposal: An Artist-in-Residency Workshop, with Environmental Artist Bernice Davidson, at The Interg
enerational School, Cleveland, Ohio.
This Artist Residency instills all learners of all ages with a sense of ownership/stewardship of their neighborhood waterway — the Doan Brook — through the creation of wearable art. Our motto is: “Appreciate the Water thru C.E.I.L.” — Creativity, Exploration, and Intergenerational Learning. Participants of this project are students from K thru 8th grade, and their adult learner mentors, including younger adults and elders, who ”volunteer” at The Intergenerational School (TIS).
The project builds on TIS’s longstanding relationships with community organizations such as: Judson Smart Living residential community, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and Case Western Reserve University. The school has won awards for its multimedia narrative projects to enhance learners’ connections to nature (EPA Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder contest, in 2009). Natural themes such as watershed appreciation are incorporated into the school’s science and health curricula.
The project begins with a presentation for participants in the auditorium. Artist Bernice Davidson will introduce the Global Rivers Art Exchange paintings, on display at the school during September and October, 2010. These paintings have been gathered by the artist over a 14-year period, from accomplished adult and talented younger artists on 4 continents. Ms. Davidson will tell the stories of these paintings, and how each helps to give voice to the water.
All participants will then begin to learn about the Doan Brook — a beautiful, critically important, pedagogically valuable waterway in their own neighborhood. They will also learn, along with their mentors, how the Doan Brook was saved from destruction by some dedicated heroes in their community during the 1960s.
In their Art Class period, participants will adopt a fish, animal, plant or insect that makes its home in or around the Doan Brook. They will use these images to create masks, headdresses, and hats, etc., to wear later in the year at Parade the Circle – the annual public event sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art, which takes place in the Doan Brook watershed. Students will also construct their own stories about the Doan Brook centered upon their projects and relationships to this watershed.
A core group will be chosen to create weather-resistant banners to hang in the neighborhood, showing appreciation for the Doan Brook and for the people who saved it. These banners will also be carried in Parade the Circle.

Classroom Activities
Participants will work with the marvelous material known as plaster gauze. This gauze is permeated with plaster that activates with warm water, and which can be molded and shaped into any configuration. Seniors will be given hat blanks to work with. Primary cluster students will create masks. Junior cluster students will create headdresses, and Senior cluster students will create staffs or capes. These parade costumes all have roots in African culture, which the Global Rivers team learned about when they went to Ghana, West Africa to collect paintings for the Global Rivers Art Exchange.
Art, creativity and storytelling are important catalysts in bonding both young and old to the care of their waterways. When the river becomes muse a special relationship is born, which can ensure the protection of the waterway for generations to come. Our rivers become and remain clean, due to the creativity and determination of diverse groups of concerned, local people!

Now is the Time for our Tears

Posted on 8th July 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

With the BP spill spewing mega amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico there are so many concerns that one becomes overwhelmed. One thing that we learned during our visit to Valdez Alaska was that the thousands of people who were cleaning up the mess of the Exxon spill were basically unprotected from the toxins used in the mop up operation. Many of these people came down with cancer years later. BP brags about the numbers of fisherman and oil workers they are employing yet they are not providing respirators or proper protection. What price are these workers paying?

Campbellsville Spring -a dedicated action

Posted on 11th April 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

I live in a rural area in Tennessee. We are blessed with an abundance of clear mineral springs. One issue that faces many small towns with few zoning rules, is that the water bottling companies come in and buy, or lease, local springs and carry the clean water far away. We are facing this problem now in Giles County. Here is a poem I wrote to shed light on this situation.


A Dedicated Action

Who will speak for Campbellsville Spring?

Clean clear water, full of healing minerals

720 gallons every minute.

Who will speak for Campbellsville Spring?

Bottling company ready to pounce

The water, health of our children and their babies too

Life force itself.

Campbellsville Spring who will cry for you?

The vultures prey on what is dead,

The bottling company preys on what is alive.

Who will cry for Campbellsville Spring?

Throughout our solar system water seems rare

Yet our planet flows with abundant

Rivers, creeks, ocean, and fresh springs

From deep underground.

If we sell this jewel we sell our very health.

For the hard truth is this:

Every river and creek in our county is polluted.

Yet our spring is pure.

If it is sold, what will be left?

We shall speak for Campbellsville Spring!

the Global Rivers Art Show Opens at Martin Methodist College

Posted on 3rd February 2010 by admin in Rivers of the world

Last week we opened our collection of 38 paintings in the new Barton Gallery in the Gault Fine Art Center here in Pulaski, TN. The paintings are beautifuly displayed and the over all effect of the show is strong. This group of artists has told the truth about the rivers they love. Many of the paintings are dark and tell a story of pollution and concern. I am struck by how many artists speak about rivers that were pristine in their lifetime but have just recently become polluted. One artist tells of the St. John’s river in Florida that used to be polluted but has recently been cleaned. This gives me hope for the future. If only more people will take the time to study , create, and educate the public about the rivers like these artists have done, our water would be protected.

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