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LMRD 816, Wednesday, December 30, 2020
The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Mississippi River"

As we wind down through the last hours, minutes, seconds, of the old year, 2020,
as we take our last footsteps and paddle strokes, and make plans for the New Year, 2021,
Pope Francis' Laudato Sí seems as appropriate and fresh as it was when he originally wrote it:

A Prayer For Our Earth:

All-powerful God

you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists

Pour out upon us the power of your love

that we may protect life and beauty

Fill us with peace, that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one

O God of the poor

help us to rescue the abandoned

and forgotten of this earth,

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives

that we may protect the world and not prey on it

that we may sow beauty

not pollution and destruction

Touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing

to be filled with awe and contemplation

to recognize that we are profoundly united

with every creature

as we journey towards your infinite light

We thank you for being with us each day

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle

for justice, love and peace

~Pope Francis, 2015, Laudato Sí~


See brightest star Sirius at midnight on New Year's Eve
The Dog Star Sirius reaches its highest point in the sky - as seen from around the world - around midnight every New Year's Eve.


Why are stars brighter at this time of year?
There’s a reason the stars seem brighter in December, January and February.


Quapaw Canoe Company: 1998 - 2020
Celebrating 24 years of expert guiding & outfitting in the wild places on the Lower Mississippi River with families, friends, churches, youth groups, businesses, canoe carving, voyageur canoe construction, team-building, full moon trips, artist retreats, Mark River Blog, bird watching, animal tracking, long distance expeditions, bear dance, cleanups, naturalist activities, yoga retreats, conservation, 1Mississippi River Citizen Program, documentation, BEAM-ing our backyard to yours, exploration, dicovery, awe, understanding, and much, much more. Custom Guiding: call us, email us, and we'll put it together. We are dedicated to sharing and protecting the Wild Places on the Big River through human-powered craft.


Río Abajo Río: Carving Out the River Within

Watch BEAM Session #4
Río Abajo Río: Carving Out the River Within
Now on Vimeo:

"May the River be With You" by Mark River:
Podcast #8: Climate Change

Climate Change is affecting the flooding, ecology and commerce along the Mississippi River. Learn how it is changing everything from the migration of monarchs, (butterflies!) the hatching season of mayflies to the growth of invasive plants and the patterns of snow geese -- while also disrupting the flow of barges and their cargo along the waterway.

The Mississippi River Connects Us All
Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico (2300 miles long!) Printed on 80# watercolor paper.
11 x 19" poster -- $20 each
24 x 35" poster-- $25 each


Rivergator Posters -- will be shipped within 24 hours via Priority Mail. 10 selections of the Mississippi from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico. 50% of proceeds shared with Lower Mississippi River Foundation. Go to Rivergator Map Shop for online orders.

Southern Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coast - 26 x 36"
Mississippi and Atchafalaya River, including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Venice, Birdsfoot Delta, Atchafalaya River.
Printed on 70#waterproof Yupo paper. Can be rolled or folded. Useful for the river, beautiful framed on your wall! Price $25 each

Middle/Lower Mississippi River
St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico 18 x 24" poster

Price $10 each

Mississippian Man (after DaVinci) 18 x 24
Price: Poster - $50; Watercolor Giclee - $250

St. Louis to Caruthersville 18 x 28" poster
Price $10 each

Vicksburg to New Orleans 18 x 24" poster
Price $10 each

Helena to Greenville 18 x 24" poster
Muddy Waters Wilderness
Price $10 each

Big Island Circumnavigation 18 x 24" poster
Biggest Island in between the coasts, created by the Mississippi, White and Arkansas rivers. Price $10 each




The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch "Voice of the Lower Mississippi River" is published by the Quapaw Canoe Company. Photos and writing by John Ruskey, Mark River and others. Please write for re-publishing. Feel free to share with friends or family, but also credit appropriately. Go to and click on "Quapaw Dispatch" for viewing back issues of the LMRD.


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Our Projects:

Rivergator: 1Million words describing the Lower Mississippi River, overseen by the LMRF:


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.