The Sweet Spot

 It’s June, and the Mississippi River is still unusually high, but here in the Lower Mississsippi, we seemed to be in the sweet spot. ‘The Sweet Spot’ – photo by Tanner Aljets The Missouri River is causing havoc throughout the Eastern Midwest with flooding in the upper Mississippi Valley, while the Arkansas River is pushing tons of water into the Mississippi River above Greenville, MS. We have beautiful...

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The Muddy & Flood-y Mississippi River

Drone footage provided by Alex Fisher The powerful energy our river provides is often underestimated until the waters begin to rise. The beginning of our spring proved this to be true, contributing to record flooding in Nebraska, and challenging historic levels in Iowa. Where I am located, in Alton, Illinois, we are looking to crest at 35.5 feet on May 4, which is just seven feet shy of our record crest in 1993, 42.2 feet. Hoses line...

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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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The Natural State of Floods

In the my last blog post about flooding we talked about how floods impact our communities and can cause lots of harm and destruction. In this post we’re going to explore what floods really are. I know what you might be thinking– didn’t we already talk about this? In my first blog post we dived into what a 100-year flood is and some of the conditions that contribute to flooding. Today though I’m  going to talk about flooding beyond...

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One With the River

It was a great Wednesday. The “Dragonfly ” canoe is a couple steps away from its first layer of fiberglass. Driftwood and I closely comb over its curvature looking for places that need attention before the next phase. We smile at each other to celebrate our team’s progress. It’s an honor to be a part of building a voyager canoe. The bonding experience is priceless and it will last forever. Little did I know, our bond...

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River Management and Flooding Woes

Guest Blog by Christine Favilla, Sierra Club Originally posted in the Nicollet Island Coalition Blog Recent floods highlight the need for big changes in the management of the Mississippi River, changes leading to a more sustainable system with long-term objectives. Currently, those that make the final decisions of how the river is managed have been more likely to support short-term economic development for a small portion of the population over...

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The 100-Year Flood

People in riverside communities often hear the term 100-year flood, especially as snows melt and forecasters predict rainy days. This confusing term simultaneously evokes a sense of imminent large-scale disaster and feelings of safety—like we are safe from this kind of disaster for 100 years. And yet, a 100-year flood doesn’t just happen once every 100 years. In a particularly wet period, there could be a 100-year flood every year. How is...

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