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On the Future of the Mississippi River

February 27, 2013Joanne RichardsonFormer Featured Posts, Program & AnnouncementsComments Off on On the Future of the Mississippi River
City of Davenport, Iowa in 1858

City of Davenport, Iowa in 1858

On March 8, River Life’s Pat Nunnally will be talking at the 10th annual Henry Farnam Dinner in the Quad Cities.  The event is put on every year to celebrate local historical events, people, and places. More information about the dinner and its namesake can be found here.  We’re honored and pleased that Pat has the opportunity to speak at this dinner!

Pat is going to be talking about what the Mississippi River might look like in 2054, 200 years after the arrival of the first train in Rock Island.  Then, as now, achieving a balance between recreation, industry, transportation, and ecology will be challenging.  How do we prepare for this?  In Pat’s own words “I’m a teacher, so I think the path always is smoothed by learning more. How, if we are going to have industrial land uses along the river, can those uses take as good care of the river as possible? I think the path to sustenance and a new buzzword we’ll be hearing, ‘resilience,’ or the ability to bounce back, comes from knowing, caring and doing. What we learn is how much the river penetrates the city and isn’t just a corridor ‘over there’ which doesn’t have any bearing on me ‘over here.’”

If you’re interested in hearing more about the Henry Farnam Dinner and Pat’s lecture, the Quad-City Times has a fantastic article on the topic : River expert will discuss future of the Mississippi River.  Are you in the Quad-Cities?  Then come join us at the dinner and then let us know what you think!

Quick Details

What: 10th annual Quad-Cities Henry Farnam Dinner

When: Friday March 8. Displays/cash bar open at 5 p.m., with the dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7:30.

Where: Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, 777 Jumer Drive (intersection of the Centennial Expressway and Interstate 280), Rock Island

How much: The dinner and program are $40 per person, $375 for a reserved table of 10. Dinner choices: herb-roasted chicken breast, roasted pork loin with mustard sauce or pasta noodles tossed with vegetables and white cream sauce. Make checks payable to Henry Farnam Dinner and mail them, along with dinner choice, to River Action Inc., 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803, by March 5. Or register online at

More information: River Action (563) 322-2969, Curtis Roseman (309) 764-6122 or, Gayle Rein (309) 441-5420 or

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