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By Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers This summer, President Trump began unveiling his infrastructure plan. His proposal appears to rely heavily on privatizing transportation sectors, like turning over air traffic control to private companies and leveraging private dollars, like tolls, municipal bonds, and other user fees, to finance the projects.  What does this mean for rivers?  A river, by its nature, is a public resource.  While barges and...

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Dead Zone Bigger than Ever – Report Reveals America’s Largest Meat Companies’ Role in Polluting Gulf of Mexico

Guest blog by Matt Rota, Gulf Restoration Network Originally posted August 2, 2017 on the Gulf Restoration Network Website https://healthygulf.org/blog/dead-zone-bigger-ever-report-reveals-americas-largest-meat-companies-role-polluting-gulf-mexico   Today, researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU) and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) announced that the 8,776 square mile (New Jersey-sized) Dead Zone is the...

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Mississippi River Mayors Speak Up for Clean Water

Mississippi River Mayors Speak Up for Clean Water July 10, 2017 Contact: Brooke Thurau, Mississippi River Network, 312-754-0407 (Chicago) — Seventeen mayors from states along the Mississippi River spoke up today about the need for increased efforts to improve water quality and reduce flooding impacts. The mayors threw their support behind the development of metrics and funding mechanisms for the implementation of state Nutrient Reduction...

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17 Mayors Publicly Support the Mississippi River!

June 30, 2017 To date, 17 Mississippi River mayors have publicly passed a proclamation declaring the need for increased efforts to improve water quality and reduce flooding impacts. You can read the full proclamation here and below is the letter signed by mayors from 8 Mississippi River states. The proclamation was developed by 1 Mississippi and the Mississippi River Network, the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, and American...

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Day 34: Wind, Wing-Dams and Water

Mark River’s Rivergator Journal Day 34: Wind, Wing-Dams, and Water Throughout my travels up and down the Mississippi River, challenges present themselves of all sorts. The river with its strong, rolling current can be intimidating, with manmade structures creating boils and eddies, with powerful towboats churning up and downstream, but nothing can compare with the effects of wind. Many think that the current will sweep you down river...

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Listen to Nature

April 14, 2017 We leave Caruthersville on our first sunny day of the trip. Days like these make you forget about the cloudy, cold, rainy days of spring. I take a needed break from my wetsuit and adverse-weather clothing to feel the healing warmth of the sun rays incident to my face. We take advantage of the great weather and embark on a 62-mile day to a slither of sand at the bottom of the first Chickasaw Bluff. We were expecting high winds...

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Mark River’s Thoughts – The New Madrid Floodway

  Mark “River” Peoples is documenting his experience while traveling down the Mississippi in Quapaw Canoe Company’s handmade canoes. Click here to learn more about the Quapaw and Lower Mississippi River Foundation’s Rivergator adventure! Just past Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a drastic change of topography of the landscape creates an alluvial fan. This occurs when rivers lose their gradient and silt is deposited...

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