So What ARE the Most Important Issues Facing the Mississippi River?
I was talking with a colleague yesterday and she asked me, “Quickly, off the top of your head, what are the three most important issues facing the Mississippi River?”
Uncharacteristically, I was stumped. After fumbling around for a while (and thinking that I really need to step back and see the river as well as the individual drops I study), I came up with this list:
- learning to “see” the river as part of a system that has particular physical and biological properties/characteristics, as well as a very particular human history;
- reducing or eliminating the pollutants in the water so that it can become both fishable and swimmable;
- aligning current land uses in the river corridor so that the river’s health is enhanced.
So this was my fumbling response, which upon reflection I realized speak to my work at a university, with river advocacy and policy folks, and with river communities.
My question for you: what would YOU say are the three most important issues facing the Mississippi River? Send us a note, comment on the blog, reply however you wish; this is interesting and important!