Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'Mississippi River'

Great Mississippi River Cleanup

Last week's Memorial Day bike trip along the Mississippi from St. Louis to Quincy inspired me to pick up Chad Pregracke's book From the Bottom Up: One Man's Crusade to Clean America's Rivers(2007) off my bookshelf. The author was...

Mississippi River Bike Trip - Day 5: Attack of the Buffalo Gnats

Leaving the quaint Hardin Hotel in Hardin, Illinois. A photo at the top of the ridge dividing the Illinois and Mississippi River valleys. Don't stop, or thousands of buffalo gnats will swarm you....

Mississippi River Bike Trip - Day 4: Great River Road

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Midwinter Drought Relief

Metropolitan Planning Council newsletter writes about the challenges of planning for Chicago's water infrastructure in a world of erratic climate. The big storms of the past few days have alleviated the ongoing drought somewhat, but the wild swings between warmth...

River Gumbo's Too Thick to Navigate - 7

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End of the Cruise

Majestic America Line, the company which owns the Mississippi River paddlewheeler Delta Queen has cancelled all cruises for the 2009 season. The company has been up for sale for the last year, with no buyers. The Delta Queen is...

Flushed down the Mississippi

Early yesterday morning an ocean-bound tanker rammed an oil barge on the Mississippi just upriver from New Orleans, spilling 400,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil. River traffic has been stopped on the river until the spill can be contained, but...

The Birdfoot

The Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles has a new exhibit and book entitled The Birdfoot which spotlights the geography of the Mississippi Delta where the river meets the sea. Near its mouth, the river splits into...

River Vagrants

Today Charles alerted me to an article in the March Harper's about a guy named Matt who is sailing a homemade boat down the Mississippi. What a silly idea! Who would have thought of that?? You have to be a...

Draining the bathtub

My aunt wrote to me about seeing a 'drawdown' of the Mississippi in Minneapolis today. The Army Corps of Engineers opened the floodgates of the dam just below St. Anthony Falls to drain the pool by 13 feet to...

Surrounded by Water

The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum in New Orleans, currently has a fascinating exhibit about the geography of the city and its relationship to waterways. The exhibit and an accompanying film seem to be a plea for understanding...

End of the Mississippi

The Mississippi carries the most trade of any river in the world. I am most familiar with the upper reaches of the big river in Minnesota and Wisconsin, where barges are common enough. But after seeing the traffic on the...