The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (NMRMA) is excited to announce a new series, Our Great River, which aims to educate the public on environmental stewardship pertaining to water quality and urban best management practices. The community is invited to attend these upcoming events on June 20 and Aug. 15 at the River Museum’s Mississippi River Discovery Center (paddle wheel building) from 6-8 p.m. each evening.
One June 20, Dr. Chris Jones, a research engineer at the University of Iowa, will present on his work managing the university’s network of real-time, continuous water quality sensors that are deployed at 60 sites across the state. His presentation will discuss Iowa stream water quality and its agricultural connections.
On Aug. 15, Paul Schneider, author of Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History, will discuss his book exploring the vast system of rivers that make up the Mississippi River watershed and the role they have played through the ages. During the course of his research, Schneider traveled more than 15,000 miles, exploring the river and its tributaries in small boats and on land.
Both presentations will begin with a brief reception from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation and Q&A. RSVPs are preferred for each event and can be made at rivermuseum.com/ourgreatriver; however, all Our Great River events are free to attend thanks to generous support from the Mississippi River Network.