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River WaterWorks Newsletter, Winter 2006

http://www.riverwaterworks.org/News/current_newsletter.html

The contents of the Winter 2005-2006 newsletter are as follows:

1. A RIVER JOURNEY TO THE SEA CONCLUDES
2. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
3. TOWBOAT POETRY CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED!
4. YSI WATER QUALITY DATA POSTED
5. WaterWorks: IN THE NEWS
6. FUTURE NEWSLETTERS

1.   A RIVER JOURNEY TO THE SEA CONCLUDES

The WaterWorks River Journey concluded on 16.December, 2005 at New Orleans, LA after arriving in the Gulf of Mexico earlier that same day.    An 18-foot bicycle-powered pontoon boat and its crew successfully followed the 2100+ mile journey that a drop of water takes down the Allegheny, Ohio, and Lower Mississippi River all the way to the sea.   During the journey, we spoke to over 2,000 fourth-grade students in 80 classrooms from 26 schools about the watershed concept and the human uses of water.   After taking some time to reflect on the conclusion of the journey, we have finally updated the website with an account of all 16 weeks of our travels and adventures.   The entire archived collection of the Journey Logbook entries are available online at http://www.riverwaterworks.org/logbook.html .  

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2. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

We would like to take time to thank all of the many individuals, organizations, and businesses that helped to make the WaterWorks River Journey a success.   We've updated the website with acknowledgment of everyone who has helped out:

Paddlewheel Club Donors:
http://www.riverwaterworks.org/Supporters/paddlewheelclub.html

Individuals who offered Support:
http://www.riverwaterworks.org/Supporters/individuals.html

Organizations who offered Support:
http://www.riverwaterworks.org/Supporters/organizations.html

If you would be interested in making a tax-deductible financial contribution to our organization to help pay the bills, you can always do so on our website at:
http://www.riverwaterworks.org/Supporters/fundrasier.html

River Water Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, meaning all donations to the organization are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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3. TOWBOAT POETRY CONTEST WINNER!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2005 Towboat Poetry Contest Winner.   Ms. Amanda E. Jack, currently of San Francisco, CA, has snagged the grand prize with her stellar ode to the towboats of the Ohio and Lower Mississippi Rivers.   Ms. Jack swept the judges off their feet with her lucid prose and clever turns of phrase.   To view her original poem please visit:

http://www.riverwaterworks.org/JourneyLogbook/TowPoetry.html

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4. YSI WATER QUALITY DATA POSTED

We were fortunate to have the YSI Environmental Company donate a 6920 sampling Sonde for use during our journey.   We have posted to the website all of the data that we collected in the Ohio River, Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico. This data includes depth, temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity and could be useful in introducing people to basic water quality concepts.   Check it out at:
http://www.riverwaterworks.org/JourneyLogbook/ysi_data.html

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5. WaterWorks: IN THE NEWS

The December 2005 Wired Magazine article that we mentioned during our last newsletter is now available online:
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.12/posts.html?pg=5

The WaterWorks River Journey was featured in the January 2006 EPA newsletter NewsNotes on their website http://www.epa.gov/newsnotes/.
The article can be read on page 25 of issue #77 at the following link:
http://www.epa.gov/owow/info/NewsNotes/issue77/77issue.pdf

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6. FUTURE NEWSLETTERS

Since the primary project of the River WaterWorks is now complete, newsletters for the organization will be published only as pertinent information becomes available.   No future river journeys are currently planned at this point in time, but the possibility of one developing always exists!    Thanks for your interest in our most recent project, and we'll be sure to keep you posted in the future!

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