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By Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers This summer, President Trump began unveiling his infrastructure plan. His proposal appears to rely heavily on privatizing transportation sectors, like turning over air traffic control to private companies and leveraging private dollars, like tolls, municipal bonds, and other user fees, to finance the projects.  What does this mean for rivers?  A river, by its nature, is a public resource.  While barges and...

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Dead Zone Bigger than Ever – Report Reveals America’s Largest Meat Companies’ Role in Polluting Gulf of Mexico

Guest blog by Matt Rota, Gulf Restoration Network Originally posted August 2, 2017 on the Gulf Restoration Network Website https://healthygulf.org/blog/dead-zone-bigger-ever-report-reveals-americas-largest-meat-companies-role-polluting-gulf-mexico   Today, researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU) and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) announced that the 8,776 square mile (New Jersey-sized) Dead Zone is the...

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“Do it for the dolphins!”: Relieving Our Rivers One Bag at a Time

Every time I’ve thrown my laptop in my backpack and set off for the Mississippi sunset to put a couple words down, I instead end up with the same blank screen and a green, Missouri Stream Teams bag full of mostly Styrofoam, jugs, broken glass, and the occasional propane tank.  At times, this pattern of distractions has been a curse, especially when I lose track of time, forcing me to rush to the office before the doors lock at 7 P.M.  While...

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Little Orange Stream

The little stream was bright orange behind my grade school. Even as a first grader in the late 1960s in those days before the first Earth Day and before the Clean Water Act, I knew that it was bad to have an orange stream. The unnatural color came from a steel plant. People in the small northern Ohio town had jobs at the plant and chose not to complain about the orange color and chemical smell. Folks in neighboring communities downstream...

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Common Ground About Water

Enjoying life along the Mississippi River is as much about land as it is about water. Creating a healthier Mississippi River depends as much on finding common ground as it does about working with the flow of events. Over two-thirds of people living in counties along the Mississippi River enjoy the river by walking, running or bicycling on a trail or visiting a park with family and friends. Half of us socialize at community events and festivals,...

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ThrowBackThursday- October Newsletter: We All Live Downstream

Hello River Citizens, On October 14th, America’s Watershed Initiative (AWI) released the report card for the entire Mississippi River Watershed. This watershed encompasses thirty-one states and two Canadian Provinces and drains roughly forty percent of the country! That being said, it is a very complex system that has the ability to bring a wide array of stakeholders to the table. More than 400 businesses, associations, government agencies,...

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November Newsletter- “A River of Thanks: Why the Clean Water Rule Makes a Difference”

As we begin to gather with our friends and family for Thanksgiving, I am reminded that it was a successful harvest that made this tradition possible. I owe many thanks for my Thanksgiving feast to the nation’s farmers, ranchers and foresters that made it all possible; not just once a year, but all year round. We rely on the land and water as we always have, but to continue to do so in the future requires deliberate and ongoing stewardship of...

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