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Editorial: Replacing an Aging Paradigm
Dams have unbalanced an environment that evolved for millions of years.
By Reggie McLeod, Editor and Publisher of Big River

View the Mississippi from excellent overlooks up and down the river. More information on overlooks

The Big Campus: Augsburg's River Semester Nov-Dec 2015
The river was their classroom for three months. By Ryan Johnson

Sand Dollars — Mining Frac Sand in the River Valley (pdf) — Some of the best sand for fracture drilling is found in the exposed rocky bluffs along the Upper Mississippi. From July-August 2011 Big River. River News on frac sand from the latest issue.

2015 Mississippi River Paddlers
By John Sullivan

Repairing Driftless Area Fields and Streams (pdf) The Driftless Area spanning the river in southwest Wisconsin, northwest Illinois, northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota contains hundreds of miles of trout streams fed by clear, 50-degree groundwater and springs emanating from the limestone-dominated bedrock. Countless cold-water streams meander through Driftless Area valleys.