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We’ve all learned that the internet contains more information than we can possibly monitor.  At River Life, we have undertaken to keep track of some of the richest sources of digital information concerning the future of rivers, whether that news comes to us via blogs we follow, Twitter feeds, or Google Alerts.  Our River Portal, sorted into categories of Science, Planning, and Engagement, funnels the stream into manageable bits, and provides, in turn, your “window to the world” of river news.

We’re currently rethinking our Portal, stay tuned for updates and our Portal 2.0!


River Science Portal

Articles, blogs, and other resources on hydrology, aquatic ecology, and related areas of knowledge.

Mississippi River in Twin Cities is cleaner than before, but not unimpaired  The first systematic scientific investigation of Mississippi River water quality in the Twin Cities in this century shows that the river is healthier than it has been in decades, but that there’s still a long way to go before it can fully be a community asset.

This story has gotten wide media play, so Google “Mississippi River health” for more. #science

Posted: October 2, 2012, 9:17 pm

For more posts, please visit the River Life Science Portal or subscribe to the RSS.

River Planning Portal

Practices in engineering, policy, advocacy, and politics. The ‘how you make it happen’ of river work.

Swim To Work? Not just a fantasy as cities extend riverfront reclamation  Cities have worked on riverfront revitalization for decades now, but the “new frontier” is creating access for people to get  into the water.  Learn more about what Los Angeles and New York are doing. “If they can do it there, they can do it anywhere!” #planning

Posted: September 25, 2012, 12:23 pm

For more posts, please visit the River Life Planning Portal or subscribe to the RSS.

River Engagement Portal

Stories, public art, design, and other expressions of the meaning and meanings of rivers.

“Silent Spring” the little book that caused big changes  I think if I were offering a classic example defining the importance of engagement, story, and similar strategies to multi-dimensional work on rivers, Silent Spring would be the first example I’d come up with.  Carson’s science was impeccable, but not new; most of her citations were from published literature well known to specialists.  Her contribution was to weave these disparate nuggets into a compelling story and to thereby take the insights of the few specialists and make them accessible to the many in the public.  

Thus are revolutions born, and thus did the energy and momentum that became sweeping environmental protection legislation in the next decade get started.  #engagement

Posted: September 25, 2012, 12:39 pm

For more posts, please visit the River Life Engagement Portal or subscribe to the RSS.

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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
Hold the Date! Mississippi River Symposium April 8-10
Come join us at our symposium “The Once and Future River: Imagining the Mississippi in an Era of Climate Change” taking place in Northrop in early April.

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