CHI2NOLA is a downstream-upstream challenge. Initially leaving Chicago via the Sanitary Canal, heading into the Mississippi, then upstream on the Illinois River into Kentucky Lake and the Tennessee River and the Tenn-Tom Waterway. From Mobile, Alabama, Margo will paddle into the Mobile Bay heading West to New Orleans.
See route map below or at this link: tentative landing sites and dates here.
Current Location: SPOTLINK
“Climate change and flooding is a very real deal for them, and something which they must address. It’s refreshing to see elected officials join together to find solutions rather than ignoring the problems until they come to an even larger crisis.
“These mayors have a broad view of all that encompasses being a riverfront town or city. They understand the use of the river as a highway of goods, and they understand the need to allow for recreation. They also understand why riverside communities need to have more community spaces for people on the river rather than being cut off from it.
“Most importantly, they understand the very real issues of water quality, and why that water must be clean. They seem ready to think about the clean water economy and how it benefits them.
“This is, in my mind, how government works best; when officials come together not to put up road blocks to progress, but to solve the common problems they all face and that impact their towns.”
- Margo is mid-paddle and by the time she reaches NOLA will have made 45-55 stops along this extraordinary inland paddle route
- The paddle has a robust social media presence that will include frequent posts on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Margo’s blog, and YouTube/Vimeo
- Over the course of this 2 month paddle, Margo will engage and mobilize more than 1,000 people including: paddlers; local conservation and clean water organizations; outdoor enthusiasts; and tourism offices, businesses and municipal leaders who care about the importance of a clean waterways – clean ocean economy