5 need-to-knows about Mississippi River Nutrient Pollution in 2019 and how you can help

Nutrients are essential for life, right? Yes. So, what’s the issue? What do you mean nutrient pollution? Nutrient pollution is what we are seeing in our waterways today. It’s jeopardizing clean drinking water for 20 million people in the Mississippi River Basin and it fuels the notorious Gulf of Mexico hypoxic (low to no oxygen) ‘Dead Zone’. Algae Bloom – Photo Credit- Brenda Culler -ODNR Coastal...

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AR/MS/LA- Sunflower River Paddle

Sunflower River Paddle   It’s an early Spring morning as I launch my Grumnan canoe below the bridge at Lee Drive. A local friend drives by slowly, examining my intentions, while showing off his bounty of the day a turkey in his truck bed. The waters up and flowing swiftly, as I congradulate him on his Delta turkey and he wishes me well on my journey. The weathers warm and everything’s at blooming speed. The beautiful greens in the trees and...

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17 Mayors Publicly Support the Mississippi River!

June 30, 2017 To date, 17 Mississippi River mayors have publicly passed a proclamation declaring the need for increased efforts to improve water quality and reduce flooding impacts. You can read the full proclamation here and below is the letter signed by mayors from 8 Mississippi River states. The proclamation was developed by 1 Mississippi and the Mississippi River Network, the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, and American...

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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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