Are You Ready to Spring Into Action? -March 2017 Newsletter

Hello, River Citizens! Spring has sprung!  For many, being cooped up for much of the winter inspires participation in a longstanding tradition: Spring cleaning! We spend hours cleaning windows until they sparkle, boxing up winter coats and decluttering basements and attics. For River Citizens, it’s also the time to dust off our fishing poles, boats and binoculars.  Whether casting for catfish, kayaking on the River or one of its tributaries,...

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Eagles and Prairies and Effigy Mounds! Oh My! – February 2017 Newsletter

View of the Mississippi River and backwater sloughs from Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve Eagles and Prairies and Effigy Mounds! Oh My! February 2017 Newsletter Breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, bald eagles soaring in the sky above, a rich diversity of habitats—oak savannas and prairies—and flashes of deep blue as Eastern Bluebirds flutter in and out of nesting boxes. It’s easy to see why the Jo Daviess Conservation...

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The Greatest Gift of All – December 2016 Newsletter

One of my favorite childhood memories of the holiday season is waking up with my sisters before sunrise, full of excitement, jumping into our parents’ bed to tell them that Santa had come. It seemed to always take them forever to make their way to the Christmas tree; we weren’t allowed to open gifts until they were ready and they insisted on making coffee first. As an adult I now understand the need for coffee before anything else!  What...

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November Newsletter: Together, We Can Make a Difference

Hello, River Citizens! After a long election season, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the elected officials who have made a pledge to protect our mighty Mississippi River: the River that is incredibly important to so many of us. It is a critical source of drinking water for 18 million people, a diverse habitat for wildlife, is the backbone of our economy and a rich part of our heritage. It provides our favorite fishing,...

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From Fields to Rivers to Faucets: September 2016 Newsletter

September 29, 2016 Dear, River Citizens, Close your eyes for just a few seconds and imagine that you are looking at an American farm. What do you see? A farm house with rocking chairs on a wide front porch, a tractor puttering in a field and an American flag waving in the breeze? A major part of the United States’ identity includes beautiful, pastoral images of rolling farm fields and “amber waves of grain”. Farmers and everything they...

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August 2016 Newsletter: Make a Splash for National Water Quality Month!

  August 23, 2016 Greetings, River Citizens! I hope you’ve had many opportunities this summer to enjoy the Mississippi River, whether through birdwatching, hiking along the River, fishing, canoeing or all of the above! I had the chance to connect with the River when I visited La Crosse, Wisconsin, earlier this month to attend the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program 30th anniversary celebration, which took place in Riverside Park,...

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July 2016 Newsletter: Mississippi River Adventures Abound!

“Water impacts every single human and living thing on this planet. It is, in my mind, our biggest most pressing concern above all else. For without it, we simply cannot live” ~Margo Pellegrino River Citizens take a variety of actions to improve the health of the Mississippi River. We attend River cleanups where we pick up tons and tons of litter, and engage in restoration work by planting native trees. Many River Citizens support sustainable...

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