What's Happening ON & IN the Water Matters


In Memphis, most of us stay on the land, except perhaps for a riverboat cruise or a paddle in the harbor. Historically we've been afraid of the Mississippi River. That's understandable. The River is big and powerful, and, at Memphis and in our harbors, water quality is not safe for swimming or to eat the fish we catch there.

But that can and is changing. Races like the Canoe & Kayak Race and Dragon Boat Race are getting more people out on the water. Groups including the River Warriors are tackling the trash. There's a plan to repair and encourage people to use the Cobblestone Landing, and recently, now that the Wolf River Greenway has reached its confluence with the Mississippi, there's talk about looking into whether it'd be a good idea to reconnect Wolf River to Wolf River Harbor.


A picnic on one the pristine sandbars nearby and an afternoon swim can forever transform even the staunchest landlubber into a river steward for life. As Joe Royer, a longtime advocate for the River and recreation on it, says: people in the Rockies didn't level the mountains; they learned to ski and not only had fun but developed a huge new revenue source as they did it.

A quick look at what's happening ON & IN the water in Chattanooga, Columbus, New York, and downriver at Clarksdale, MS. --
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