By Natalie Zarowny
There's something about the Mississippi River that catches the interest of the folks who live by it.
For some, it's the river's beauty. For others, it's how the river's fit into their lives.
"I was born here and my family has lived here since 1840," said Mike Kearney, who's lived in Clinton on the river his entire life.
Whatever the reason, folks got together at a coffee shop in Clinton Saturday to discuss their passion about the river.
The event, hosted by Big River Magazine, also covered problems affecting the Mississippi.
"The drought this year and the low water levels have created a lot of havoc for towboats," said Pamela Eyden of Big River Magazine.
Low water levels don't just affect people living on the river, but anyone who uses products transported on the river.
Another concern involves wildlife, especially birds.
"A large majority of species depend on our Mississippi River flyaway as they migrate," said Linda Boardsen, who lives by the river.
Despite problems that come up with the river, most of the folks at the meeting agreed the river is in better shape than it was in the past.
And for all of them, the enchantment still hasn't faded.
"I think those of us who live alongside a major river like that have an appreciation and admiration for that great body of water," said Barbara Mask, who lives by the river.