Category Archives: Water

world water day 2012.

“Its substance reaches everywhere; it touches the past and prepares the future; it moves under the poles and wanders thinly in the heights of air. It can assume forms of exquisite perfection in a snowflake, or strip the living to … Continue reading

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blue channel cat. Mile 751.

When we stopped it was warm enough for me take my first swim in the river’s icy waters. Washing ten days of river off me and back into the Mississippi. It was warm enough to send fishermen out onto the … Continue reading

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Onto the Lower Mississippi.

Not far from the flooded field I took off the river on May 5th I relaunched the Out of Eden into the blue waters of the Tennessee River.  As I drifted away from Paducah  the Ohio’s muddy waters slowly mixed … Continue reading

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Dangerous silt left behind as the 2011 Ohio and Mississippi floods recede.

With strong western winds came sunshine. The last of the season’s snow had melted and those along the shore prepared for spring. Chainsaws cleared driftwood from the shoreline. The smell of burning wood and fresh manure wafted out onto the … Continue reading

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Flooding along the lower Ohio River–2011

Still, silent, and brown the river spread out across the horizon.  It hung over rooftops and roadways–swirled around young green leaves on tress normally 30 feet above the surface.  The hum of twin outboard engines resounded in the distance. The … Continue reading

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Inspecting the levee.

Late last night I walked a drainage ditch with my headlamp inspecting areas where water from the Ohio was boiling slowly into town.  Overhead stars shone brightly, and the cool north wind blew dust off the levee and moist air … Continue reading

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Broken tow on the Ohio river.

Just after mile marker six on the Ohio River is the Emsworth lock and dam, the first dam downriver boaters encounter after leaving Pittsburgh.  I locked through it on a sunny, bitter cold morning a month ago and traded river … Continue reading

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Spring floods at mile 842.

I pulled off the river again Friday night.  Rain clouds moved north and have settled over western Kentucky and Illinois.  Four to eight inches of rain fell in the last 48 hours and more is expected between now and Wednesday … Continue reading

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One year after the BP spill.

Earlier this week I made my way into Grandview, IN.  I had planned on pushing further downstream, but 15 foot waves and heavy winds forced me to paddle out into flooded corn fields before seeking shelter in town. While the … Continue reading

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River hospitality and waste water discharges.

It’s been a few days, 120 miles, and several thunderstorms since leaving Cincinnati but the impact of the folks up there has stayed with me.  Several of the places I’ve stayed in the last few days came from interactions in … Continue reading

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