But former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Gene Merriam, of the Freshwater Society, looks to the future of the Mississippi River and other waters with mixed emotions.
"It can vary day to day," Merriam, a member of the ECM Publishers board of directors, said of his belief in humanity's ability to live sustainably.
Still, history shows that commitment, good law and adequate resources can bring positive change.
"And the Mississippi is a good example," Merriam
portrays the agricultural industry as in denial in terms of acknowledging the threat current agricultural practices present to water.