Mississippi River happenings

By Olivia Dorothy
Regional Conservation Coordinator
Upper Mississippi River Initiative
Izaak Walton League of America

Editor’s note: As the website says: “Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations. With a powerful grassroots network of more than 250 local chapters nationwide, the League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country’s natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans. We invite you to learn about our work and to join us in supporting important conservation initiatives in your community. The Issak Walton League of America is one of the Mississippi River’s best friends.” Visit www.iwla.org. Olivia Dorothy is the new area chapter director and is formally the environmental advisor for Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. Here are local events on the big river of our Rock River. Consider what ever we send downstream.

The State of the River” Mississippi River Forum

Fri., Oct. 26: McKnight Foundation, 8-9:30 a.m., 710 2nd Street South, Suite 400, Minneapolis, 55401. Transit and parking information are available at http://www.mcknight.org/about/offices.aspx.

Speakers: Trevor Russell, Friends of the Mississippi River -AND- Lark Weller, National Park Service

Light breakfast provided. Free. RSVP to lark_weller@nps.gov.

How is the health of the Mississippi River? Can I safely swim in it? Is water pollution improving? Can I eat the fish I catch? What can we do about Asian carp? Do I need to be concerned about bacteria in the river? How are bald eagles faring?

The National Park Service has partnered with the Friends of the Mississippi River to answer these questions in the first-ever “State of the River” report. Join us on to hear the results! The “State of the River” will provide a concise snapshot of the health of the Mississippi River. Based upon a broad range of water quality and aquatic ecosystem data, the report zooms in on the status and trends of 12 key indicators of river health, highlighting the swimming, fishing, aquatic life and emerging contamination issues facing the river–as well as priority solutions for each.

Trevor Russell is the Watershed Program Director for Friends of the Mississippi River. Lark Weller is the Water Quality Coordinator for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

The Mississippi River Forum is made possible by the generous support of the park’s charitable partner, the Mississippi River Fund.

Invitation to the Big River Lives Leadership Forum

Please join us on December 6, 2012 for The Big River Lives Leadership Forum in St. Louis, MO, convened by the America’s WETLAND Foundation as part of THE BIG RIVER WORKS, a national initiative to build cooperation for a healthy, sustainable Mississippi River system.

The Big River Lives is the third in a series of five leadership forums dedicated to the Mississippi River’s health and sustainability. The St. Louis Forum will focus on improving comprehensive water management, access and quality through cooperative action.

THE BIG RIVER WORKS is guided by a steering committee with global experience and expertise and convened in cooperation with a host of prominent organizations that represent the depth and breadth of the Big River’s national impact and international significance. The agenda for this forum is designed to be highly interactive, and your perspective will be extremely valuable. For more information please visit our website at http://bigriverworks.org/.

WHEN: December 6, 2012

9:00 am – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hilton St. Louis Union Station

1820 Market Street

St. Louis, MO

RSVP BY: December 1, 2012

2013 Most Endangered Rivers nominations due Nov 1st

Every year, American Rivers generates a list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Ten rivers are selected each year for inclusion in our list, not because they are the most polluted, but rather because they are facing a turning point in the coming year that could negatively impact the river into the future. Listing a river in the report shines a spotlight on the issues it is facing and hopefully moves decision makers in the right direction.

Rivers are selected based upon the following criteria:

• A major decision (that the public can help influence) in the coming year on the proposed action.

• The significance of the river to human and natural communities.

• The magnitude of the threat to the river and associated communities, especially in light of a changing climate.

The nomination form is available electronically (MER Nomination Form 2013_distributed.pdf)

For more information contact Olivia Dorothy, 217-390-3658 or odorothy@iwla.org

Posted Oct. 24, 2012

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