It was a beautiful day in the Tri-States to take a walk, but an Indigenous group of people hope their walk serves a higher purpose.
They call themselves the Mississippi River Water Walkers.
The group is carrying a copper pail of water from the northern most part of the
in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.
The Mississippi River Water Walkers left Minnesota on March 1 and have been traveling through heavy wind and snow.
The walkers are concerned about river pollution. The group says the Mississippi River is the second most polluted river in the United States. They hope their 1200-mile journey will raise awareness of the problem.
"The purpose behind it is to pray for the water," Mississippi River Water Walker Sharon Day said. "Water is our source of life. We want to pray for the river, pray for the water and raise awareness that we all need to be part of the solution."
Day lives near the Mississippi River in Minnesota. She says we should all be concerned about the health of the river.
"When we turn on the faucet, we seem to have lost that connection between that water, which comes from our rivers, our ground, our wells," she said. "But we don't have that relationship any more."
"I am deeply concerned about the state of our world and how we treat each other and how we treat the land and water," Mississippi River Water Walker Marya Bradley said.
The group expects to reach the Gulf near New Orleans around April 29.
The Mississippi River Water Walk welcomes daily walkers. Those interested are asked to contact Sharon Day at (651) 325-8077.