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River Life Coverage of National Issues

If you know where to look, or are in the “river business,” then of course rivers make news every day. But sometimes, as in the case of the Mississippi River floods of 2011, rivers make national news, reaching the concerns of a very broad audience.

When those national issues speak to our programmatic concerns on river sustainability and an inclusive future for rivers, then we’ll devote extra staff time and attention to chronicling the news, tracking deep-seated issues that emerge, and sorting out where you could look for reliable, accessible information.

These projects make up the heart of our “River Issues” pages, where you can look for indepth attention to particular subjects that we believe have enduring value and resonance.

Have an idea?

If you have come to this page and find that we have not collected information about a particular issue that concerns you, send us a note; we’ll see what we can do to develop something!


Aquatic Invasive Species : Asian Carp

2011 Spring Floods in the Mississippi River Basin

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River Life in Video
Come Along for a Water Walk with Kare11 and River Life, and see Gifts at Work: The Mississippi River by the University of Minnesota Foundation
Open Rivers: Rethinking the Mississippi
A joint project of River Life, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Minnesota Libraries, Open Rivers is an interdisciplinary online journal that recognizes the Mississippi River as a space for timely and critical conversations about people, community, water, and place.