Nominations now open for 2015 Eddy Awards Latest

eddy: 1. moving against the current. 2. a departure from the main current of thought or life.

River Action is seeking nominations for its 16th Annual Eddy Awards. Nominations can be made by completing the webform below. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, companies, schools or governments for outstanding riverfront activity or development "well designed and environmentally responsible" in the following categories:

1. Art (performance, written word, fine arts)
2. Design (renovation, new buildings, livability)
3. Education (innovations, program, curriculum)
4. Revitalization (commerce, business, industry)
5. River Activity (recreation, relaxation)
6. Stewardship (environmental enhancement of the river)

The deadline for receiving nominations is January 26, 2015.

River Action will announce the winners at an Earth Day ceremony to be held in April of 2015.

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Mississippi River Confo coming Oct. 15-17

River Action’s 7th Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference in conjunction with the Mississippi River Network’s Annual Meeting will be held October 15 through 17 at Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, Moline, IL.

CLICK HERE to visit the conference web site and download the conference brochure and registration form.

In 2008, River Action brought together planners, elected officials, architects, engineers, environmental groups, developers, educators and students to create a conference focused on the Upper Mississippi River and its stakeholders in the region.The conference subsequently has been held annually as a comprehensive forum to discuss the issues and opportunities associated with America’s Great River.

In 2014, the conference is expanding beyond the Upper Mississippi by opening the discussions, presentations and updates to the entire river from the headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. Through a grant from the McKnight and Walton foundations, we are able to make this conference a special collaboration with the Mississippi River Network to look at issues that span the entire river.

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Celebrate 30 years of riverfront stewardship with a contribution to River Action

Consider adding $30, or 30 percent to your contribution, to help secure River Action’s future and another 30 years of riverfront stewardship with a year-end donation.
CLICK HERE to make a tax deductible donation.

In 2014, we’ll celebrate River Action’s 30th anniversary of giving voice and support to ideas and actions which enhance our Mississippi RiverWay in the Quad Cities region.

Our past achievements are the result of people like you who value the river and share the vision to be good stewards of our river environment.

CLICK HERE to download a list of RiverWay improvements over the past 30 years and a member form that can be printed and mailed with your contribution.

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429 species found during first Biodiversity Day held at Green Valley Nature Preserve in Moline

A total of 429 species – plants, insects, birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles and worms – were found during Biodiversity Day at Green Valley Nature Preserve, Moline.

River Action and Augustana College’s Upper Mississippi Studies Center joined forces to discover and document all of the living things at the nature preserve August 31. During the event, members of the public spent the day working alongside scientific experts to identify all of the site’s living things.

With nets and clipboards in tow, members of the public found and identified 189 plant, 123 insect, 97 bird, eight mammal, six amphibian, four reptile and even two worm species.

CLICK HERE to download a complete report of the biodiversity day and a listing of all 429 species identified by participants.

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RiverWayStories now airing on WVIK 90.3 FM

River Action and WVIK 90.3 FM Augustana Public Radio are partnering to offer a new program – "RiverWayStories" – which airs each Saturday at 8:34 a.m. during the station's “Weekend Edition."

The three-minute on-air essays will cover a broad range of river-related topics, including environmental concerns, conservation efforts, history and recreation.

RiverWayStories is a collaboration between River Action and WVIK and is underwritten by the Singh Group of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

  • September 20: Finding the Mississippi by Michael Goodyear
  • September 27: Why Do We Need Conferences? by Eileen Sipes
  • October 4: The Importance of the Mississippi River by Bill Handel
  • October 11: Constantinople, A City of Water by Michael Goodyear
  • October 18: Controlled Burns by Robin Dunne

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Volunteer to help keep trails clean

Adopt-a-Path is growing to meet the demands of an expanding trail network in the Quad Cities. This past year, two miles of the Mississippi River Trail was completed through downtown Bettendorf to Riverdale and in Davenport a new bridge was constructed, connecting Credit Island to South Concord Street.

Above photo, Andy Lenaghan and his helper, grandson Dax Leone, keep the bike path near Credit Island clean.

River Action’s Adopt-a-Path program is working to keep the Quad Cities’ recreational trails clean. The volunteer program is an informal agreement whereby citizens, organizations, local businesses and student groups help by picking up trails throughout the year. Volunteers or “Trail Keepers” adopt ½-mile sections of the Mississippi River Trail (IA and IL) and the Duck Creek Recreational Trail. (IA)

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QC RiverWay Walking Guide available

The third edition of River Action’s Walking Guide is now available. (Click on above image to download a PDF of the walking guide)

The 44-page pocket-sized guide is a wonderful way to explore the Quad Cities, its neighborhoods, have fun, relax, and spend quality time by yourself or with those you enjoy. River Action invites Quad Citians and out-of-town visitors to experience the simple pleasures and significant benefits of walking and the RiverWay Walking Guide makes it easy to find a scenic walk along the the Mississippi River trails and the Duck Creek Recreational Trail.

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Upcoming 2014 River Action events

River Action has a full slate of Mississippi River fun planned for 2014. Mark these dates on your calender and keep up to date with us on our Google+ or Facebook pages.

Interested in volunteering for this event? Let us know!

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Geocaching on the RiverWay

Ready? Set? Search!!

Geocaching is a fun and interactive outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world. Not a Geocacher yet? No problem. You can sign up for free and start the fun today! River Action has hidden a number of caches along the RiverWay for you to locate. River Action has partnered with local geocaher Joshua Swanson to maintain and continue to add geocaches along the RiverWay.

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Become a member of River Action

Purchase today and get a free one year subscription to Big River Magazine.

For the past 30 years, River Action members have worked to improve our common RiverWay, encouraging greater access to the riverfront, helping build and expand riverfront recreation trails, protecting endangered habitat and cleaning up the river and RiverWay. Your membership supports the mission of a healthier Mississippi River and more vibrant Quad Cities.

CLICK HERE to choose a membership level.

  • Action membership includes: membership card, eddy Magazine, free admission for all household members to Riverine Walks, plus two free admissions to a River Action event (choose one event from Ride the River, Taming of the Slough, Floatzilla or Golf Cart Tour).
  • Household membership includes: membership card, eddy Magazine and free admission for all household members to Riverine Walks.
  • Individual membership includes: membership card, eddy Magazine and free admission to Riverine Walks.
  • Student membership includes: membership card, eddy Magazine and free admission to Riverine Walks.

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