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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

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Women Writing About Water

Last week, in response to a Twitter post by writer and editor Sarah Boon, I posted a query about possibly compiling a list of books on water authored by women.  Boon’s list was about women writing on the West, so the segue seemed

This view of the Mississippi River Gorge, taken in August 2005, shows two unloaded barges being pushed downstream while an excursion boat in the background works its way upstream.

Mississippi River Gorge - Endangered

It’s been written here before: the University of Minnesota has a responsibility to its place, in the homeland of Dakota people, within the boundaries of a National Park, and on the banks of one of the world’s great rivers.  This week, the Mississippi River Gorge, including that stretch of the

New flood maps could be good news for many New Orleans-area flood-insurance customers who can now type their addresses into the National Flood Insurance Program freliminary flood map web sites to determine their new base flood elevation requirements.

Resilience: The “New Sustainability” or Something More?

Our program’s web site home page offers that the University of Minnesota “is a model for developing future-oriented, resilient relationships between communities and water.”  That statement begs the question, though: What exactly is, or might be, a “resilient” relationship between water and

Aerial photo of the Great Lakes region by NASA.

Freshwater Stories

Both the topic of water and the medium of stories are having a “moment” right now.  The water conversations across professional sectors are rich, and becoming more inclusive.  The use of the term “story” as a means of organizing and sharing knowledge is likewise growing, both in campus