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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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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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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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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Unlikely Dance Partners

Guest Blog By Tim Spitzack An excerpt from the book “Reflections from the Riverfront: Essays on Life in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area,” published May 1, 2015. It’s a Saturday morning in mid-June and I am quietly floating in my kayak in a Minnesota bayou. The river is running high and fast this year so I’ve chosen to paddle in the backwaters of the Mississippi in an area that is normally inaccessible, even in a kayak...

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Ashes to Ashes – Floods to Floods – June Newsletter

Always Learning Something New Recent research is shining fresh light on the ancient River city of Cahokia. Named a World Heritage Site in 1982, professional archeologists and amateur historians alike have long been fascinated by Cahokia, the second largest city in North America before European colonization. Home to more people than London in AD 1250, Cahokia was situated on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River near present day St. Louis....

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