Star Tribune: ‘Mississippi River at its healthiest in a generation’

The first-ever State of the River report was compiled by the National Park Service, which oversees the 72-mile Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and Friends of the Mississippi River. It used 13 indicators to grade the river’s ecological health from Dayton to Hastings.

The analysis was conducted in part to answer questions the public often asks — if and how they can use the river for swimming, fishing and boating, said Park Service spokesperson Lark Weller.

The answer, mostly, is yes. The Father of the Waters has proved to be remarkably resilient.