About Us

We believe when people and organizations come together, we can make real, lasting changes.

1 Mississippi was established in 2009 by the Mississippi River Network (MNR) to organize people dedicated to protecting the Mississippi River into a national constituency of River Citizens. River Citizens live in all 50 states, take simple actions to improve the River and advocate for River protections to local and national decision makers.

MRN created the 1 Mississippi program to encourage River Citizens to act through education, inspiration, and opportunities to embrace and advocate for the Mississippi River. MRN is a coalition of 57 nonprofit organizations and businesses working together to protect the land, water, wildlife, and people of the United States’ greatest River.

The Mississippi River Network and the 1 Mississippi program are brought to you by the Walton Family Foundation and the McKnight Foundation.

Become a

River Citizen

Yes! The River can count on me!

I am committed to protecting the Mississippi River and will take at least three actions to care for this valuable resource. Please keep me informed about actions I can take to protect the Mississippi River as a River Citizen:

RIVER CITIZEN TESTIMONIALS

"I am a River Citizen because I was born at the headwaters of the Mississippi in Little Falls and grew up across from the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, IL (I biked there in summer of 2013 and saw there river display) I lived on Nicollet Island for 6 years in late 80’s and to mid 90’s…"

Elizabeth Irene Goodman Hallowell

"I am a River Citizen because the River is perfect. Man is not perfect. If man makes a mistake against the River, the River will find it, and exploit it."

John Barry

Author, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

"I am a River Citizen because the River is perfect. Man is not perfect. If man makes a mistake against the River, the River will find it, and exploit it."

John Sullivan

River Soloist

The Mississippi River Network

1 Mississippi program is implemented by the Mississippi River Network (MRN) to encourage River Citizens to take action through education, inspiration, and opportunities to embrace and advocate for the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi River Network is a coalition of 57 organizations working toward a healthy and resilient River for the land, water, wildlife, and people of the United States’ greatest River. Founded in 2005, the Network has grown into a diverse coalition of nonprofit organizations and businesses from the River’s headwaters in Minnesota, to where it drains into the Gulf of Mexico. Network members share resources, implement whole River strategies, and support the 1 Mississippi national program.

The Network focuses on three priority issues that need River-wide cooperation:

  • Establish a national commitment to protect and restore the Mississippi River through increased public awareness and support.
  • Promote sustainable agricultural practices throughout the Mississippi River Basin.
  • Encourage reliance on natural infrastructure and restoration of wetlands and flood plains.

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Step 1

Become a River Citizen

Yes! The River can count on me!

I am committed to protecting the Mississippi River and will take at least three actions to care for this valuable resource. Please keep me informed about actions I can take to protect the Mississippi River as a River Citizen:

 

Step 2

Educate Yourself

The 1 Mississippi program is implemented by the Mississippi River Network and is the nation’s only grassroots outreach effort focused on the entire Mississippi River with the goal to educate the public on the urgent issues facing the River.  The Mississippi River Network is a coalition of over 55 organizations working toward a healthy and resilient River for the land, water, wildlife, and people. 

Nutrient pollution

Importance of floodplains and wetlands

Farm bill conservation programs

 

Step 3

Take Action

There are many ways you can take action for a healthy Mississippi River. We have a list of 10 actions you can take now. Check out our action center for current action alerts, bigger projects we are working on, and ways to get involved. You can also check out our events calendar to see what events are happening in your area.

10 actions you can take now!

The Action Center

Events Calendar

NO MORE DEAD ZONE – FULLY FUND PROVEN SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE NUTRIENT POLLUTION

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