Nominations open for 2016 Eddy Awards

eddy: 1. moving against the current. 2. a departure from the main current of thought or life.

River Action is seeking nominations for its 16th Annual Eddy Awards. Nominations can be made by completing the online form at the bottom of this article.

These awards recognize individuals, organizations, companies, schools or governments for outstanding riverfront activity or development "well designed and environmentally responsible."

The categories include:

1. Art (performance, written word, fine arts)
2. Design (renovation, new buildings, livability)
3. Education (innovations, program, curriculum)
4. Revitalization (commerce, business, industry)
5. River Activity (recreation, relaxation)
6. Stewardship (environmental enhancement of the river)

The deadline for receiving nominations is January 25, 2016.


Wanted: Reading suggestions for River Action Environmental Book Club for coming year

River Action is looking for suggestions for the Environmental Book Club readings in 2016.

Titles can be emailed to, or by calling the River Action office, 563-322-2969, by November 16.

Join River Action's Environmental Book Club for our next book reading November 24 featuring "The Long Emergency" by James Howard Kunstler.

The book is described as "a controversial hit that sparked debate among businessmen, environmentalists, and bloggers," and provides "an eye-opening look at the unprecedented challenges we face in the years ahead, as oil runs out and the global systems built on it are forced to change radically."

The book club meets at the River Action office, 822 E. River Dr., Davenport. The book discussions are free and open to the public. All sessions begin at 7 p.m. and are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month.


Thank you to our Kickstarter campaign donors for new trail bridge over River Drive, Davenport

Our Kickstarter campaign in May was successful in raising more than $50,000 to help fund construction of a recreational trail bridge across River Drive in Davenport. The bridge design is patterned after the first railroad bridge crossing of the Mississippi River.

We would like to publicly thank our many Kickstarter campaign donors. Click on the "Read More" link below to see a complete list of donors.


RiverWay Stories now airing on WVIK 90.3 FM

River Action and WVIK 90.3 FM Augustana Public Radio are partnering to offer an informative and educational program – "RiverWay Stories" – which airs each Saturday morning at 8:34 a.m. during the station's “Weekend Edition."

CLICK HERE to visit the WVIK web site and listen to the most recent RiverWay Stories.


RiverWay Design Principles

In 1996, the Quad Cities came together to adopt the Mississippi River Design Principles. These principles outlined a unified vision for the river in the QC area, focusing on four main points: Respect for the River, River Access, River Corridor Design, and River Interpretation.

The goal of the planning and its resulting document was to ensure and protect the sensitive balance between the region's economic engine and its biggest ecological resource.

The document prefaces much of the work that has been done by River Action and other partners to improve the riverfront and its RiverWay trail and park system throughout the Quad Cities.

To view the entire 88-page document, CLICK HERE

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Learn more about the First Bridge project

We made our Kickstarter goal, but you can still help fund the First Bridge project

A total of $50,325 was donated to the pedestrian/bike bridge project during our Kickstarter campaign. If you'd like to help fund the First Bridge pedestrian/bike project, you can still donate to the effort. Just click on the "DONATE" button below to make a contribution.