Week Five | Guttenberg, IA to Clinton, IA: the next 140 miles

1pm, Thursday, August 13, 2020

Guttenberg, North Buena Vista (Buenie), Dubuque, Bellevue, Sabula, Clinton

LANDSCAPE | Elevation Change

As the water flows from headwaters to gulf it shapes the topography of the land in many ways. Sometimes eroding to create great valleys and bluffs, sometimes depositing to form vast floodplains of rich soil.

COMMUNITY | Commercial Fisheries

Some communities along the Mississippi are disappearing due to changes in industry, technology, and economy, but from young to old river people continue to practice their traditions.

ENCOUNTER | Sherri Moser-Erthumm

Buenie transplant thanks to her second, younger husband and self-proclaimed dog lover and cat counter. Voice originally heard on the afternoon of August 11, 2019 at the Someplace Else Bar and Grill in North Buena Vista, IA.

ENCOUNTER | Jim Roling

Assistant Lockmaster of Lock and Dam #12 along the Mississippi River as well as corn and soybean farmer of about 200 acres just outside of Bellevue, IA. Voice originally heard on the afternoon of August 13, 2019 atop Dam #12 in Bellevue.

ENCOUNTER | Steve Gaspin

Local Clinton resident with a passion for the environment, the river and a connection to antiques. Voice originally heard on the afternoon of August 15, 2019 at Eagle Point Park in Clinton, IA

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What a great convening with so many folks from the hilliest region on the river! And that’s not anecdotal—Tom did the math actually, and discerned that the greatest elevation change we experienced, greater than that of the entire river itself, was in the stretch between Harpers Ferry to Clinton, IA.

Listening to the landscape leads to so much more… reflections on how the land has shaped the people, the culture, the way of life, up and down the river. This week we came together and reflected on differences and things shared from Eastern Iowa to Gulf Coast, and there was so much energy in the air to do more, share more, and journey further together.

I think there is more to come in this relay of voices, and people like Mandy Ludovissy of Guttenberg, IA and Chuck Isenhart of Dubuque, IA will likely be carrying the torch. Thanks to them for attending and participating this week as well as Jared McGovern and Susan Price of Dubuque, IA, Dean Shultz and grandson Tate of Clayton, IA, and Carrie Weaver of Bellevue, IA.

Recording and performances below. Enjoy and share.