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Sauk River, upstream of the confluence with the Mississippi River at Sauk Rapids, MN. Image by Jessica Kozarek.

What do you see when you look at a river?

You might see physical characteristics of the water itself such as whirls from turbulence, waves, or water color and clarity. You might notice vegetation or birds and wildlife …

View of the Minnesota River near the I-35 bridge during high flows in summer 2016. Image by Carrie Jennings.

Why so much sand in the Lower Minnesota River?

The Lower Minnesota River, from Carver Rapids to the confluence with the Mississippi, is a low-gradient, broad reach of the river. If you wade into the brown water you may be surprised to find that the bottom is actually sandy…

The muddy deserted streets of flood ravaged Princeville, North Carolina stand in silent testimony to the destruction wrought by the Tar River. Princeville, NC 9/28/99. Photo By Dave Saville/FEMA News Photo.

Princeville and the Environmental Landscape of Race

Our second issue included a feature article which describes a case of river management in 1999 during Hurricane Floyd where water was let out of the Tar River Reservoir, relieving pressure on the city of Rocky Mount and dumping more water …

Figure 1. Oil painting, “St. Anthony Falls,” done in 1857 by Danish-born landscape artist Ferdinand Reichardt. It shows the Mississippi River, looking upstream toward the gorge and St. Anthony Falls prior to alteration for locks and dams. Image courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

The Once and Future River: A Present Snapshot

The Mississippi River is a story of interventions. Throughout history, people have relied on the river for water, food, transportation, energy, and recreation. The desire to maximize these ecological services has played out as a series of human interventions …