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LMRD 744, Friday, Oct 11, 2019
The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Mississippi River"

This weekend: Two Community Canoe Daytrips -- Open to All!

Saturday, Oct 12, 1-4pm
Sunflower River
In partnership with Lower Mississippi River Foundation
Click here for more info

Sunday, Oct 13, 1-6pm
Mississippi River
In partnership with Mississippi River State Park
Click here for more info

~~~ Sacred Space ~~~

“Goldenrod on Horn Island” (c. 1955), by Walter Inglis Anderson. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Copyright the family of Walter Anderson

Horn Island -- Sacred Place

by Julian Rankin, Oxford American, Fall 2019



by Julian Rankin
Executive Director, Walter Anderson Museum of Art
510 Washington Avenue
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

“Blue Crabs” (c. 1955), by Walter Inglis Anderson. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Copyright the family of Walter Anderson

Next week-long Artist's Retreat on Horn Island is March 23-28, 2020

Reserve your place in the voyageur canoe by contacting or 662-902-7841 and get ready to reconnect to your inner creative spirit!

“Father Mississippi” (c. 1953), by Walter Inglis Anderson. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the family of Walter Anderson. Copyright the family of Walter Anderson

Mississippi River Adventure -- Mississippi Outdoors -- Now on YouTube!
Originally featured on MPB, Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Mississippi Outdoors is a production of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Stories from the Delta:

Teaching Youth to Navigate a River – and Life

Click here for story about Mark River made by the Walton Family Foundation

Canoe guide Mark ‘River’ Peoples uses the power of the Mississippi River to inspire and educate his students

Click here for video made by the Walton Family Foundation


Now Available Online!
May the River be with You, Episode #4:
with Dale Sanders and Todd Davis

Episode 4: Recreation on the Mississippi River

Come hear about an 82 year-old Guinness World Record-holding paddler/hiker and his encounter with a lake monster, also a college professor who introduces underprivileged students to life in the great outdoors (Featuring Mark River, John Ruskey, Charles Coleman, Dale Sanders and Todd Davis)...

go to:


Quapaw Canoe Company guide, Tanner Aljets, recently on PRI!

The Mississippi: Pushed to the brink

Up and down the Mississippi River, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway, which helps deliver US goods and commodities to the rest of the world and allows trade flows to return. The strain on the river system is only becoming more acute with the impacts of climate change.
PRI's The World

September 03, 2019 · 2:00 PM EDT
By Jason Margolis

For story, click here:

The Mississippi: Pushed to the brink

--- Also on BBC ---

The Mississippi: Pushed to the brink
Boston Calling:
With globalization and climate change, life on the Mississippi river is under threat.



Shout Out to Scott Shirey:

Our paddles are up and we are sending a special "shout- out' to our friend and passionate, dedicated, educator, poet, leader "Bold Eagle" Scott Shirey -- Eastern Arkansas KIPP founder/director extraordinaire -- also founding treasurer of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. Scott, your ripples emanate outwards all around us on the river and in the schools; we look forward to whatever adventures lie awaiting for you around the bend!



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


Our Friends:

Lower Mississippi River Foundation is dedicated to promoting stewardship of the Lower and Middle Mississippi River through deep engagement.


1Mississippi River Citizen Program: River Citizens are people who want to clean up and protect America’s greatest River. Whether in armchairs or wading boots, River Citizens protect the River by speaking up on its behalf and caring for it in simple ways that make a big difference. Together, we can protect the River for future generations. Take the first step today and sign up for free as a River Citizen at 1Mississippi, can the River count on you?"


The Walter Anderson Museum of Art inspires discovery, imagination, and community-building on the Gulf Coast and beyond through programs, exhibitions, and outreach; and embodies Walter Anderson’s vision for societies in harmony with their environments. "Our mission is to empower lifelong curiosity and connection to the natural world through the art of Walter Anderson and kindred artists."


LEAN: the Louisiana Environmental Action Network: Before LEAN was founded in 1986, polluters ran roughshod over Louisiana’s unique environment and way of life. Since then LEAN has fought to safeguard not just Louisiana’s scenic beauty, wildlife and culture but more importantly those underserved citizens that don’t have a voice. Help LEAN serve the needs of Louisiana's communities.


The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people every year. Enjoy your world. Leave No Trace.


Coahoma Collective catalyzes arts-driven, community-inclusive revitalization in downtown Clarksdale


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