Waters of New Zealand, Continued

I was downright angry. They want me to do what? Unpack the whole suitcase that I had crammed every nook and corner full at 5AM this morning, so they can look at my hiking boots? You’ve got to be kidding. It’s all so painstakingly organized and ready to...

Waters Of New Zealand

We just returned from several weeks of hiking through the south island of New Zealand, a long time dream come true, that even exceeded expectations. Beautiful country, beautiful people, but this blog is supposed to be about water. So here we go. Water,...

A Shadow Over Ozarks Waters 2

Our home state of Missouri has become more aggressive in courting corporate agricultural projects, particularly CAFOs, in the name of economic development, since the passage of the “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment and the removal of restrictions on...

A Shadow Over Ozarks Waters 1

It is only fitting that I share my deepest concerns, even fears, about our unique Ozarks waters after getting personal with my last blog about floating the entire Buffalo River with my teenage son, and the experience’s lasting impact on us....

A Float Trip

“That trip changed my life, Dad.” The speaker was none other than my son Benjamin, born on this very day 38 years ago. There’s that “calendar date to ground me in what’s important” thing again. Ben was speaking of a trip that he and I had taken several...

Last Man Standing

Come on Parnell.  Lighten up a bit.  You’re too much of an optimist to dwell on the bottom. Particularly in this season of celebration.  Let’s have some fun to start the new year with! So, here’s another one you might ask about.  What does this have to do...

Another Book?

Yep.  Another book, this one for a cause.  And, a brief diversion from river ranting.  For now. Privilege and Privation, a Love Story, is a book commissioned by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to focus on personalizing, understanding,...

Environmental Summitry

I’m optimistic and inspired today.   I was invited to offer and sign Pig Farm at the 3rd Annual Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit in Little Rock last month.   The program featured former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter as keynote speaker.  Governor Ritter...

Everyone Is A Leader

Ok, I’m going out on a limb here, and hopefully won’t lose too many of you. I’m feeling emotional today as it is our twin grand babies 3rd birthday, joining us prematurely just three years past. What do they have to do with water quality? Only...