Minnesota River Water Walk

by: Sharon Day
contact: NIBIWALK@GMAIL.COM
12:15 Mar 30 2016 New Ulm, Minnesota

Minnesota River Water Walk
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From the NPR story linked by Mark Steil:

The Minnesota River — one of the state's most polluted waterways — has been subject to clean-up efforts for decades. But there's still a long way to go.

Runoff from some of the most productive farmland in the world drains into the river, and the Minnesota pays a price. So much soil and chemical pollution reach the waters that the Minnesota is a thick, cloudy brown where it joins the much clearer Mississippi River in the Twin Cities.

"The river, she doesn't do anything, except flow," said Ojibwe elder Sharon Day. "And it's we humans that pollute her. So we're the only ones that can clean it up."

To highlight the problems, Day is leading a group of activists that is walking the length of the river this week, hoping to add a spiritual motivation to improve the waterway.

The Minnesota River walk is the most recent for Day. A few years back she walked the length of the Mississippi River.

On each trip the group carries a bucket of water dipped at the source of the river. When the bucket is emptied into the more polluted river at the end of the journey, Day says the act sends a message.

See the links for more including a 4 minute audio clip.
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