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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No. 376

Winter Solstice Issue

We are sending big river blessings to you and yours, for the winter solstice 2016. In the northern hemisphere this is the shortest day of the year. For the southern it's the longest. Wherever you are, you are a blessing to us -- and the big river. On this day of short sunlght and long starlight, we celebrate the special river qualities of continuity, creativity and harmony. The river connects us all!

Healthy, Balanced and Resilient River Ecosystem

We devote ourselves to the Mississippi River as the nation’s best model of a healthy, balanced and resilient river ecosystem, good for kids, and good for families. We all need each other. The river needs us. We need the river. We are all connected. The river makes this truism come to life.

Announcing first-ever Charter Membership Program:
You can now jump on board for the beginnng of an excting new adventure!

Become a Charter Member of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation!

For more information, go here:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017: LMRF General Annual Membership Meeting. Our general annual membership meeting takes place at noon on the Saturday closest to Valentine’s Day. The 2017 meeting is 12noon Saturday, Feb 18th, at Quapaw Canoe Company Clarksdale, with a potluck, and Sunflower River Cleanup afterwards. Come join us, if you can. We will have canoes and paddleboards for the cleanup. If you can’t join us, then wherever you are -- love your river. And as we say around here: “May the River be with You!”

Sat, Jan 14, 2017: Film Release! Dale Sanders: Source to Sea at Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, TN) This will be the first public and premier of the film. The movie starts at 2pm. But if you want free food and drinks, arrive early at 12:30’ish. Go online to purchase Brooks Museum Tickets — in advance. They are quickly selling out! (Dale Sanders, Grey Beard Adventurer, Source-to-Sea, Mississippi River Record, A Challenge to Cure, Juvenile Diabetes).

March 20 -May 10, 2017: Rivergator Celebratory Expedition March-May 2017. Now filing seats! You can sign up for the 6-week expedition from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico celebrating the completion of the Rivergator: one million words describing the Lower Mississippi. Your participation in this celebration will help make it a success!

The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch

is brought to you courtesy of

The Lower Mississippi River Foundation

Our Projects:

Rivergator: 1Million words describing the Lower Mississippi River:

Wild Miles: 71% of the Lower Miss is wild according to river rats. Will it stay that way?

Mighty Quapaw Apprenticeship Program: long term apprenticeships developing personal character and young leaders through canoe building, big river guiding, and survival skills on the Lower Mississippi River.

LiNKS = Leave No Kids On Shore

LiNK-ing kids to the big river and mother nature -- with the passion of a LYNX.

Every LiNK in the chain is as important as the others. Real-time experiences for the betterment of personal health and environmental conservation along the Lower Mississippi River.

Friends of the Sunflower Rive

Established in 2005 for cleanups, paddle events and other educational programming on the Sunflower River.

River Arts

Youth program begun in 2012 as an after-school river activity in conjunction with GRIOT Arts.

Our Friends:

Quapaw Canoe Company: custom-guided wilderness expeditions on the biggest and wildest river in North America, in our hand crafted cypress strip voyageur canoes. Now with outposts in Memphis, Vicksburg, Helena and Natchez. Home base: Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Big Muddy Adventures: custom-guided adventures on the Missouri, Mississippi, Meramec and Illinois -- covering the Grand Central Station of America's rivers from home base St. Louis.


Paddles up to everyone in our greater river family: to you and yours we send our Mighty Quapaw cheer! We hope in some way... that further on down the river of time... that our work will help others find rejuvenation in the wilderness... we know no good deed goes un-noticed... and what goes around comes around!

John Ruskey, Winter Solstice, Clarksdale, Miss
"The River Connects Us All"