Pere Marquette State Park: a place to reconnect with nature and work on a great local project!

How do we reconnect with where we live? How do we stop and “smell the roses” in a place we have seen over and over again? How do we learn to appreciate our surroundings we likely take for granted each day? Searching for the answer, I began to explore the world around me. I stood on the banks of the Mississippi River and there was a brief pause where my mind went blank and I was just “being.” Instead of emails, phone calls, or my...

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The Green Machine-Promoting Food Security one stop at a time!

In May’s River Citizen newsletter you got a chance to explore the benefits of local foods for you and the River.Well, I would like to share a success story about my neighborhood’s journey to fresh foods with their mobile food bus: The Green Machine. Did you know that only seven out of 77 low-income census tracks in urban Memphis have access to a full-service supermarket? Less than seven years ago, Memphis was the #1 food desert in the...

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July Newsletter: Show the Courage of your Convictions

On the 4th of July, as fireworks twinkled in the sky above and “The Star-Spangled Banner” played, I lost myself in a moment of time travel, peeking in on others in their moments of bravery. First, gazing through the smoky field, I saw a soldier in the Revolutionary War and heard his rifle pop as he fought for the right to have a say in his life, freedom to be represented in his government. The next moment, I was amazed by a suffragette...

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Why to/How to: Vote

In the 2012 election, only 57% of Americans voted. That means about 93 million people basically shrugged their shoulders and sat on the sideline. This apathy ranks us 26th in voter turnout, behind countries like Ireland, Israel and Slovenia. What’s worse is our turnout for Congressional elections, which is usually around 40%. 40%! Time for a short civics lesson. The fact is, Congress is in charge of really shaping our country and our lives...

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Top Six Things You Can Do This Summer to Help the Mississippi (Assuming You’re Already a River Citizen)

The 1 Mississippi website is a treasure trove of resources for you to learn more and get involved. Among them is a list of actions we recommend. You might not know where to start, so I’ve taken the liberty of breaking them down a few of the actions you can take which help our national treasure, the Mighty Miss: 1.    Dispose Wisely This means you’ll start to recycle, possibly compost and definitely stop littering. Somehow trash, from the...

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Bright Future for the Mississippi, Our Nation’s Oldest Infrastructure

“The Mississippi River supports jobs, provides food and water and gives our culture and traditions a sense of permanence. Yet, so many times, it is taken for granted but we, as mayors, certainly do not.” – Roy Buol, Mayor of Dubuque and River Citizen Like many of today’s environmental issues, the problems facing the Mississippi River can be out of sight, out of mind. However, there’s a growing movement amongst representatives in...

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April Newsletter – Extra! Extra! Get your experts here!

As our country celebrates Earth Day next week, we celebrate the people who make Earth Day every day. The Mississippi River Network  members’ staff dedicate their time to create a cleaner Mississippi River for all of us. The Network is strong because its members include an extraordinarily diverse group of experts: land conservation specialists, teachers, biologists, ecologists, ornithologists, ichthyologists, writers, canoe guides and even...

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