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This image shows men harvesting mussels through the ice near LeClaire Iowa around the turn of the 20th century.  The regional fishery (mussel-ry?) for mussels was in high gear at this point, with a market for pearl buttons on men’s and women’s clothing fu

#TBT: Mussels and the Mississippi

Very quick note today about one of the most-overlooked species of animals living in the Mississippi: mussels.  My friend and colleague Jessica Kozarek of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory wrote a lot more about them in this article 

Tending water and listening at Water Bar in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Open Rivers Issue 9: Innovation is now posted!

Welcome to Issue 9 of Open Rivers, which begins our third year of publication!  Our tagline, “Rethinking Water, Place & Community,” speaks to our sense that there is a conversation taking place

Mississippi River side channel during drawdown.

#TBT: Mississippi River Drawdown Reveals Much

At least, the drawn-down waters showed a lot to people who knew what they were looking at!

Ten years ago, in February, 2008, the Army Corps of Engineers drew down the water surface of the Mississippi River between Upper St. Anthony Lock, and the lower lock, so City of Minneapolis public

A view of Princeville in flood.

Rivers: Systems of People, Land, and Water Under Stress

I’ve spent a lot of time recently listening to scientists talk about water, which is always interesting and informative.  Hydrologists, aquatic ecologists, fluvial geomorphologists, and all the other disciplines and sub disciplines that focus on water share one thing: a detailed attention

The American Alligator is perhaps the best-known denizen of the Everglades.

Other Waters, or: What I Did on my Winter Vacation

I was fortunate enough to go to Florida over the semester break and, being me, poked around to see what sort of water stories I might stumble on.

Still from Dear River, Mussel Musings by Works Progress and featuring Mike Davis.

#TBT: Works Progress on Vimeo

As many of us get into the holiday spirit and plans get settled, the question of holiday movies always comes up: What shall we watch?