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Presentation to address challenges facing Mississippi River

EAST ALTON – Join the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center for a Neighbor Nights virtual presentation on why the Mississippi River is considered one of the world’s great waterways.

Field Station and Special Projects Manager Ted Kratschmer will present some amazing facts about the fourth-longest river in the world.

“We’ll discuss some of the interesting animals and plants found in the river,” Kratschmer said. “It’s a great opportunity to learn about the general health of the river and some of the challenges our Great River faces.”

This virtual event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, on Zoom.

Those interested can sign up at

For more information, contact Environmental Educator Jen Young at

Founded in 2002 as a collaborative partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is dedicated to the study of great river systems and the communities that use them. The center aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education, and outreach related to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains, watersheds and their associated communities.

To learn more about NGRREC, visit

PHOTO: A riverboat passes along the Alton riverfront. Photo by Jan Dona, LCCC Media Services.

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