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The Mississippi River is an integral part of the nation’s transportation system, particularly in ts lower reaches.  Barge “tows” like this carry around 60% of the country’s agricultural exports.

The Mississippi River Network: Concerted Action For Improved Water Quality

This is a bit of a historical story.  In the mid 1990s, the Clinton Administration inaugurated the “American Heritage Rivers” program, which invited communities across the country to describe projects they wanted to pursue that would strengthen their economic, ecological, or historical


#TBT: Big Changes Coming to Mississippi River in Minneapolis

It’s “Throwback Thursday” even if the recall only goes back to this summer, right?  And yes, I understand the irony of “throwback” discussions of changes coming in the future.

The confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, known to the Dakota who are indigenous to this place as “Bdote,” is a complex, many-layered landscape of biological and geological systems, overlaid by human memory and layers of settler colonialist

What We’ve Been Reading—Places Journal

One of the great things about this job is that I get to read all kinds of different things.

This detail of an image from the 1920s shows the University campus built out to the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.

#TBT: Fun With Maps

Maps are, of course, many-layered documents that often hide as much as they reveal.  While maps and mapping is likely to be a recurring theme in this blog, today’s subject concerns just one map: th

The University of Minnesota hasn’t always oriented toward the Mississippi River, as this early 20th century postcard view of the campus, now East Bank campus, shows.

“River Talk” but what’s it Really About?

Over the summer we transferred the River Talk blog and River Life’s web site from Wordpress to Drupal, in accord with a broader shift at the University of Minnesota.  The summer hiatus gave us a ch

View across the Mississippi River to Minneapolis in the St Anthony Falls Heritage District.

TBT: March for Science Should Highlight Indigenous Science

From April 18, 2017- Saturday’s Earth Day March for Science is gaining worldwide attention.