Levies on the Mississippi

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Fiber art by Joanne Weis

Levies on the Mississippi

48″W X 27″H
Hemp/cotton: hand dyed and printed, appliquéd, embroidered

The natural floodplain of the Mississippi River forms one of the most fertile regions of the country. Consequently, as settlers moved into the area, farming thrived along with the accompanying cities and industries, all vulnerable to flooding of the river. The solution has been to build almost 1,700 miles of walls and levies, a “tube” of  unfiltered water, flowing south. The most significant chemical in the river is the runoff containing nitrogen fertilizer, creating a 6,000 square mile “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Work is beginning on restoration of wetlands and other habitats as well as working with farmers to establish more sustainable agricultural practices.

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