RECYCLING 101

Participating in recycling is an admiration globally, but only if we are properly reusing and reducing our waste. Once our recycling is taken from our homes, it heads to the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility), where they begin to sort our items. In this facility, they determine what can be reused, and what must be trashed. There are standards for what we recycle, that must be met, in order for them to not be considered waste. Food...

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Caught in an Eddy

by Mark River – 1 Mississippi Southern Outreach Assistiant My daily life as a steward of the Mississippi River rewards my knowledge of wild natural things while being moved by the healing powers that exist in water. The sound, feel, smell, and taste all have medicinal properties within themselves. Its movements are smooth and fluid. The sounds over a shoal are soothing. The feel of the two eddies of displacement that’s created with...

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What is your Eco-Resolution?

Kristen Mertz – St. Louis Regional Outreach Assistant image provided by: EMSCO I’ve never really been into New Year resolutions. If I needed to change my habits, I would at any point in the year. This is especially intriguing, because this is my constant battle: being eco-friendly, along with getting others to understand why IT IS IMPORTANT. From what you wear to what you eat, you are making a decision that affects the entire...

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MISSISSIPPI RIVER NETWORK ANNUAL MEETING – AFTERTHOUGHTS

Kristen Mertz – 1MISSISSIPPI Outreach Assistant From source to sea, a variety of people gather near the mouth of the Mississippi River, in New Orleans, to share ideas on how to raise consciousness of our mighty vessel to others. The Mississippi River so generously provides us with drinking water, plenty of recreation, and a stronger economy, but we have not given the same nurturing in return. The river has been damaged in many ways by...

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AR/MS/LA- Sunflower River Paddle

Sunflower River Paddle   It’s an early Spring morning as I launch my Grumnan canoe below the bridge at Lee Drive. A local friend drives by slowly, examining my intentions, while showing off his bounty of the day a turkey in his truck bed. The waters up and flowing swiftly, as I congradulate him on his Delta turkey and he wishes me well on my journey. The weathers warm and everything’s at blooming speed. The beautiful greens in the trees and...

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AR/MS/LA- High Water Spring

High Water Spring   Spring time in the Delta is a beautifulThe Mississippi River and all its distributaries and tributaries are swollen into there floodplains replenishing wetlands and estuaries, creating the perfect ecosystems for the reproduction of reptiles, amphibians, fish, mammals and waterfowl.  Male wood-ducks with striking arrangements of color, are looking for mates and the perfect tree to have their young. Frogs and salamanders...

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