Combining the power of photography and science like so many iLCP Fellows, Alison founded No Water No Life [NWNL] in 2007. Her long-term project's goal is to raise awareness of freshwater values and threats to its availability, quality and usage. Alison has led 70 expeditions to photograph the 6 NWNL case study watersheds: Africa’s Nile, Mara and Omo River Basins, and N. America's Mississippi, Columbia and Raritan River Basins; as well as 4 "NWNL Spotlights" on additional water issues in India, California, Kenya and Rome. Alison's NWNL photo library documents the values and vulnerability of global freshwater resources, while her hundreds of "Voices of the River" interviews with scientists and watershed stewards share sustainable management solutions.
Many of Alison's expedition images can be seen in NWNL PhotoShelter.com galleries, as well as in NWNL lectures, exhibits, Weekly DROPs of News, Next-Gen Blogs and many print publications. Her NWNL website has many watershed images, interviews from her "Voices of the River" archive, illustrated teaching tools and NWNL unique visual soundbites called Hydro-Graphics.
Alison is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers and The Explorers Club; a former Board Member of NANPA and NJ’s Tewksbury Land Trust; and a member of the Society of Woman Geographers and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her Honorary Master’s Degree in Photography is from the Brooks Institute of Photography.