November Newsletter- “A River of Thanks: Why the Clean Water Rule Makes a Difference”

As we begin to gather with our friends and family for Thanksgiving, I am reminded that it was a successful harvest that made this tradition possible. I owe many thanks for my Thanksgiving feast to the nation’s farmers, ranchers and foresters that made it all possible; not just once a year, but all year round. We rely on the land and water as we always have, but to continue to do so in the future requires deliberate and ongoing stewardship of...

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Economic Impacts of Habitat Restoration

In 1986 Congress authorized the Upper Mississippi River Restoration (also known as the Environmental Management Program) to restore and enhance river habitat and mitigate the environmental impacts of the lock and dam system on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. With the program approaching its thirtieth birthday, a lot of Mississippi River managers, scientists, and members of Congress are asking, “What has the program given back?” Since...

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Introducing the 1 Mississippi Team

Big smiles, a love for the River and motivation to instigate change are a few qualities shared by our new 1 Mississippi intern team. As the coordinators of a national campaign covering thousands of miles from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, we know the importance of hands-on local support. The fact is, it is through our local team members that nearly 7,000 River Citizens have pledged to share responsibility for the River. This year we welcome...

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1 Mississippi Paid Internship Openings

The Mississippi River flows through the heart of America, nourishes our farms and families, is a home for wildlife and provides jobs that sustain our nation’s hardworking families. But today, our great River is in trouble. Pollution from farms, untreated sewage and factories along with weak enforcement of water laws has caused our once mighty Mississippi to decline. The 1 Mississippi campaign intern will work to protect the Mississippi River...

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Milestone in the 1 Mississippi Campaign: River Citizens Live in all 50 States

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead These words mean even more to me today than they did yesterday. Today, I’ve seen first-hand how thoughtful people are coming together and gaining momentum around 1 Mississippi. We have grown to over 6,700 River Citizens in just a few years by talking to people at farmers markets, festivals...

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New River Citizens in Memphis!

On Saturday, April 27 the 1 Mississippi Campaign via the Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee exhibited at the second annual GreenUp Festival at the Memphis Farmer’s Market downtown. Jointly held by the City of Memphis and Memphis City Beautiful, the event spotlighted local green and sustainability-oriented organizations. The bustling crowd was beckoned to the green expo by music and dance performances from local artists. The...

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Our intern was on TV!

Check out this great coverage of work done to clean up Lake McKellar in Memphis, by campaign partner Living Lands and Waters. Our intern in Tennessee, Elle Perry, works directly with the Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee. The collaborative effort to directly and positively impact Lake McKellar, where litter piles up at astronomical levels, is exactly what the 1 Mississippi campaign is all about. Take a moment to watch the coverage,...

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