Mississippi Memories: My Life in Anoka, Minnesota

By Rebecca Gearhart The gentle way that the Mississippi River flowed past my childhood home did not change much during the 1970s and 80s when I lived there, and its presence was a source of stability when everything else seemed to move too fast. The river figures prominently in my earliest memories, and “foofoo,” the [...]

We’re Fishin’ for Your Best Upper Mississippi River Stories!

Whether you have visited the Upper Mississippi River once, or lived next to it all your life, Share your experiences with, and connection to, this natural wonder. How has the river inspired you? How has the Upper Mississippi River changed your life? How do you protect this river you love? Essay contest entries must be [...]

Prairie River Notes – Summer 2010 Newsletter

View PRN’s Prairie River Notes - Summer 2010 Newsletter (pdf) with the following articles: Big Wheels Keep on Rolling - Update on Traveling Science Center A Message from our Executive Director PRN Annual Dinner - October 29th River Steward Nominations Helping Champaign Homeowners Manage Stormwater Through Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels Illinois Contaminated by Coal [...]

Friends of Kickapoo Creek Create Fish Poster

Friends of Kickapoo Creek (FOKC), based in McLean County, Illinois, has produced the first educational fish poster illustrating the 57 species of fishes in Kickapoo Creek, a tributary of the Salt Creek of the Sangamon River. This project is an outgrowth of recent efforts by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and volunteers from [...]

The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River: Illinois’ State Scenic River

The Middle Fork River is Illinois’ first State Scenic River, so designated in 1986 by Governor James R. Thompson. In 1989 the Middle Fork was also designated as a National Scenic River by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan. The Middle Fork is the first river in Illinois to be included in the National [...]