Our friend Daniel Alvarez, the man who kayaked from Minnesota to Key West, Fla., last year, has given us a look at the nation’s biggest rivers that makes us want to turn away.
Alvarez, who is kayaking back to Minnesota by way of the Atlantic Ocean and Hudson River, provides a glimpse of the Hudson today that mirrors much of what he discovered on his trip down the Mississippi last year: We treat our great rivers as sewers.
And yet, he sees hope, which is what makes him unique.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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