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LMRD 761 — Monday, Jan 27, 2020
The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Mississippi River”

RIP Greg Poleski

1953 - 2020

This issue of the LMRD dedicated to Greg Poleski

Gentleman, Riverman, Founder of the Greenway Network

March 5, 1953 to January 20, 2020

A big tree fell last week from the banks of the river… RIP Greg Poleski... You made a big splash on our beloved rivers of the center of the country... Our Mighty Quapaw paddles are up to you, brother, for your journey on down the river…. And to your family in consolation…. Your suffering is over, ours is yet to continue…. But now we will paddle, and play... and protect our waters using the good example you left behind!

Reinstate Waters of the United States Rule

*If you live along the Mississippi or any of its tributaries you will be effected.

*If you live anywhere between the Rockies and Appalachia this applies to you.

*If you are a fisherman your catch might be contaminated.

*If you are a hunter, your game might be poisoned.

*If you are a recreational paddler, you might not be able to paddle your favorite waterway.

*If you are a birder, your waterfowl will suffer.

*If you are a swimmer, it might not be safe to get in the water.

EPA, President Trump: Reinstate Waters of the United States Rule

We all live downstream…. The Mississippi River is a distillation of everything upstream…. What we paddle in, play in, conduct our summer camp and community canoe workshops in will be compromised. What we drink, the water we draw and use for cooking, drinking and bathing will be polluted. All the fish will suffer, all the mollusks, amphibians and crustaceans, and all the insects, birds and mammals.

EPA, President Trump: Reinstate Waters of the United States Rule

We, the people of the Mississippi Valley, sign this petition to require the EPA to continue to defend the Waters of the United States rule, which was ended by the Trump administration on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

The Waters of the US rule protects 60 percent of the nation’s bodies of water, including sources of drinking water for about one-third of the United States. The Mississippi River is formed by thousands of smaller streams flowing into it. We need this rule for the health of our families, our communities, and our future. It was issued under the 1972 Clean Water Act, which gave the federal government broad authority to limit pollution in major water bodies, like Chesapeake Bay, the Mississippi River and Puget Sound, as well as streams and wetlands that drain into those larger waters.

I personally drink the water of the Mississippi River, live along one of its tributaries, and my work is inextricably linked to the health of the river. I am just one of 66 million US citizens who could say the same. The Mississippi flows into the Gulf of Mexico where the lives and well-being of another 23 million US citizens are affected. The 2019 die off of dolphins, oysters and shrimp in the Mississippi Sound is but one example of a compromised Mississippi River on the Gulf. We will all suffer greatly with increased pollution if the Waters of the US rule is not reinstated. Primary threats are industrial waste, raw sewage and farm chemicals. President Trump, EPA, please do the right thing for the health of our Mississippi River (and all other rivers and freshwater streams and wetlands) and reinstate the Waters of the US rule -- for our children, our grand children, and all generations to come.

Click here to see full petition:

"Trump: Reinstate Waters of the United States rule"

*Feel free to share with your friends and family!*

New York Times article:
Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands

Above photo: Results of 2018 Sunflower River Cleanup. President Trump says he is helping landowners and businesses from restrictive protections... But can we assume that local residents and businesses will always do the best thing for our waterways? What about our cities and counties? Below photo: storm-water sewer issue confronting all US towns and cities.

These following photos illustrate a sore spot on the Sunflower River at the end of MS 434 in Washington County, MS. Locals have been dumping residential and farm trash here for years.

These 2 photos were taken in the same location, one year apart. You can see what's left behind one year gets removed by high waters, only to be replaced by more trash the next year. Where does this all end up? In our drinking water, our fishing waters, in the waters that flow by our communities -- in the waters our children play in.

Cry me a River:

Teddy made daily morning swims in the Sunflower River during his legendary 1902 Bear Hunt. What would President Roosevelt say about this situation if he saw this with his own eyes?



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