The Lower Mississippi’s Meandering Miles

Words by Mark River Photos by Keith Benoist “Pasted Graphic” — photo by Keith Benoist There are many iconic natural wonders in this world that have been explored, documented, and conquered by many walks of life. These wild places are disappearing rapidly, though: some by depletion and exploitation of resources, some by expansion of industry; and some have been turned into tourist attractions, losing their energy and...

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One River, Trillions of Tributaries

Trillions of tributaries have made themselves known as the transition to Spring is in full effect across the Mississippi River watershed. From the Western boundary of the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians in the East and as far North as Minnesota; water is flowing in innumerable of ways down-gradient (downhill) on a path to the Southernmost point of the watershed- the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Every river in the Mississippi...

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Keep the Connections in the Clean Water Act

by Kelly McGinnis, Director of the Mississippi River Network America’s longest river flows for 2300 miles, from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. But the Mississippi’s central channel is part of a larger system that includes tributaries like the Illinois River, along with streams, wetlands, oxbow lakes, aquifers, and estuaries. This river system involves surface and subsurface water flows that help meet the varied needs of our society:...

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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...

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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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