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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Paddling with the Pope

Throughout my life I’ve been confused about the complex structure of our society and our goals for humanity. It started in third grade when I told my class that I wanted to be a humanitarian. Not understanding the goals of a capitalistic society at the time, I was confused why we did harmful things to each other and our environment for superficial profits and lifestyles. Why do we spend so much time creating differences between ourselves,...

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Highway to the Dead Zone (no more?)

Protecting Traditions by Making New Ones On hot summer July days, many of us turn to our local creeks, rivers and lakes to cool down and have some fun. Going swimming is as much of an American summer tradition as apple pie and Independence Day fireworks. Unfortunately, too often these days we see lakes and beaches closed due to algae blooms that make it unsafe for swimming. These algae blooms are triggered by excess fertilizer run off from...

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7 Ways to Reduce Your Land’s Impact On Flooding

Since floods can take place on a massive scale, it may be difficult to trace how the choices we make on our own land can contribute to flooding. However, owning land means having a relationship to rainwater flow; “Everyone lives in a watershed,” as the saying goes. Making a difference in mitigating local flooding or a massive Mississippi River flood is not exclusive to large agricultural areas. With the continual expansion of urban centers...

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Is an Octopus Without Arms Still an Octopus? – November Newsletter

  Hello River Citizens, Have you ever stopped to think the water you drink might have once been inside a dinosaur, a cloud or even Albert Einstein? This is possible because water is constantly moving – from rain to rivers, drinking water to grey water, and even from octopus to orangutan and back again (with thousands of other variations in between). We don’t really need scientists to tell us that when it rains, water collects in...

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June Newsletter – Neighborhood Water Watch

From the sparkly water and cool pockets of shade to the animals of all shapes and sizes, there is something magical about our local creeks, streams, wetlands and rivers — big and small. There are mysteries below the surface that capture our imagination. These are places where exploration, learning and fun go hand in hand, places that stir up our desire to discover more about the world we live in and lull us into relaxation as we listen to the...

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November Newsletter – Progress Made in the Fight for Clean Water

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. This month’s newsletter is dedicated to the organizations of the Mississippi River Collaborative that  won an important battle in the long-term fight to combat pollution in the Mississippi River and...

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