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The Two Rivers of Lewis & Clark
Few rivers were as dynamic as the Missouri and the Columbia when Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery made their journey from St. Louis, through the Northern Plains, across the Rocky Mountains, and into the Pacific Northwest 200 years ago. These were the two most important rivers in their journey. They began their expedition at the confluence of the Missouri River and Mississippi at St. Louis and reached their final goal at the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific Ocean. The Missouri and Columbia Rivers are rich in wildlife habitat, scenery, and history.
The rivers of Lewis and Clark may never be completely restored. However, it
is possible to preserve segments of these rivers that are still in a
relatively pristine state, while restoring the segments of the river that
have been severely altered. There is no better way to commemorate the Lewis
and Clark Bicentennial, than to restore these two great rivers. By allowing
them to flow more naturally as they did during the expedition of the Corps
of Discovery 200 years ago, we're preserving our unique American natural
heritage, the fisheries and wildlife that depend on their waters for
survival, and we'd be helping to honor the treaties our nation has made with
tribal nations who are responsible for the success of the expedition. It
isn't too late to get involved and help protect these amazing national
treasures - the two rivers of Lewis and Clark.
For more information about the Sierra Club's Lewis and Clark campaign or to find out how you can help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top photo: Columbia River Estuary. Photo courtesy Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership.