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Visitor to We Are Water MN listens to Dakota and Ojibwe relationships with water.

We Are Water, Indeed : On the We Are Water MN Opening at the Institute on the Environment

There has always been a nice play on words within the We Are Water MN project—we are, in fact, largely water, as many people learn in biology class at some point.  But we are also, in important respects, the sum of our engagements with water.  Nearly everyone has

Rachel Hines leads a Water Walk on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota

River Walks, We Are Water, and the University

One of the nice things about working on a campus that overlooks the Mississippi River is that it’s a very short walk to an overlook where the river is visible.  In our case, the whole trek to an overlook is about 100 yards, a block or so.  From there, it’s possible to walk either upstream or

Skyline of city

“One Water” Framework, Integrating Water Work Across Sectors

River Life has long had an interest and focus on the Mississippi River, particularly that stretch of the river in the Twin Cities that serves as our “home river.”  For many and varied reasons, too long to go into in this post, we have recently begun seeing the Mississippi, both here and

Ice fishing shacks on White Bear Lake.

If the Water Debate is “the lake or the lawn?” can Science Provide an Answer?

In Minnesota, water is practically the “state element.”  Going “up to the lake” is a much-cherished tradition for many people who have lived here for generations.  The park systems in Minneapolis and St. Paul focus on lakes, creeks, and the Mississippi River. The state’s (official?)

River bend of Mississippi River showing East Bank of UMN campus.

Water @ UMN

Welcome to Issue 10 of Open Rivers, which serves as a milestone in at least two ways. First, we have

Harriet Island

How Do We See Rivers? “River Reveal” Offers New Perspectives

“How do we see rivers” is one of these deceptive questions: seemingly simple, bound up in cultural traditions and threads that we may be unaware of (depending on who we mean by “we”), but actually much more complicated than it appears. Figures 1 and 2, taken in the Twin Cities nearly a decade