Keep the Connections in the Clean Water Act

by Kelly McGinnis, Director of the Mississippi River Network America’s longest river flows for 2300 miles, from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. But the Mississippi’s central channel is part of a larger system that includes tributaries like the Illinois River, along with streams, wetlands, oxbow lakes, aquifers, and estuaries. This river system involves surface and subsurface water flows that help meet the varied needs of our society:...

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Caught in an Eddy

by Mark River – 1 Mississippi Southern Outreach Assistiant My daily life as a steward of the Mississippi River rewards my knowledge of wild natural things while being moved by the healing powers that exist in water. The sound, feel, smell, and taste all have medicinal properties within themselves. Its movements are smooth and fluid. The sounds over a shoal are soothing. The feel of the two eddies of displacement that’s created with...

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AR/MS/LA- Sunflower River Paddle

Sunflower River Paddle   It’s an early Spring morning as I launch my Grumnan canoe below the bridge at Lee Drive. A local friend drives by slowly, examining my intentions, while showing off his bounty of the day a turkey in his truck bed. The waters up and flowing swiftly, as I congradulate him on his Delta turkey and he wishes me well on my journey. The weathers warm and everything’s at blooming speed. The beautiful greens in the trees and...

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AR/MS/LA- High Water Spring

High Water Spring   Spring time in the Delta is a beautifulThe Mississippi River and all its distributaries and tributaries are swollen into there floodplains replenishing wetlands and estuaries, creating the perfect ecosystems for the reproduction of reptiles, amphibians, fish, mammals and waterfowl.  Male wood-ducks with striking arrangements of color, are looking for mates and the perfect tree to have their young. Frogs and salamanders...

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Entitlement and Privilege

Entitlement and Privilege   Freshwater is the one essential resource that every living thing has to have. No matter what you are, what complexion, what you believe in, where you come from, who you voted for, what you do, how rich, how poor- we are all entitled to have freshwater. Industries are constantly buying land connected to the river, building silos, docks, conveyer belts and natural gas hubs and tapping into the approximately 1.5...

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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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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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