MISSISSIPPI RIVER NETWORK ANNUAL MEETING – AFTERTHOUGHTS

Kristen Mertz – 1MISSISSIPPI Outreach Assistant

From source to sea, a variety of people gather near the mouth of the Mississippi River, in New Orleans, to share ideas on how to raise consciousness of our mighty vessel to others. The Mississippi River so generously provides us with drinking water, plenty of recreation, and a stronger economy, but we have not given the same nurturing in return. The river has been damaged in many ways by litter, toxic chemicals that run off city streets, farms, and other non-point sources. Together, we spent three days discussing ways to continue to combat these issues.

One term that was reiterated frequently during our meeting; AWARENESS.

We determined for others to care about the river at all, they must have a connection to it. The shameful truth is we often neglect, or do not recognize environmental issues that are right in front of us.  We must get people in the mindset that it is their responsibility to help keep the river clean, as we all utilize it and so will future generations to come. So how do you create a bond with your river?

  • Walk, jog or run beside it
  • Do yoga and meditate to its flow
  • Recreational fishing/boating- kayak, canoe, paddleboard, etc.
  • LITTER CLEANUPS – the easiest way to spot mistreatment of your river
  • Attend events revolving around your river
    • you can learn so many unique facts, and potential answers to questions you may have pertaining to your river.
  • MRN’s choice while in NOLA: bonfires

The Mississippi River Network strives to protect and restore OUR river. We look forward to connecting people with the river, it is a great obligation to keep the river healthy and requires the collaboration of many groups. Just to name a few that attended the annual meeting were:

  • Sierra Club
  • American Rivers
  • Iowa Environmental Council
  • Mississippi Valley Traveler
  • Green Lands Blue Waters
  • Greenway Network
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
  • The Wetlands Initiative
  • TN Environmental Council
  • Quapaw Canoe Company
  • Prairie Rivers Network
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance
  • MO Coalition for the Environment
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Mississippi Park Connection
  • Gulf Restoration Network
  • University of MN
  • Mississippi River Water Trail Association
  • The Conservation Fund
  • Friends of Our Riverfront
  • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
  • Friends of the Mississippi River

As you can see, it takes A LOT of us to keep the river flowing at its most natural state. While we had many innovative discussions between this group of people, our main purpose and drive, was our love for the Mississippi River. We wish to share that passion with others, and inspire them to get connected to their river.

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 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

One goal for 1 Mississippi is to educate the public on the urgent problems facing the River. We are supported by the Mississippi River Network, a group of organizations that are experts in various areas concerning the River. Each section below is intended to provide some basic knowledge about these important issues and links to experts who can provide more detailed information. 

Nutrient pollution

Importance of floodplains and wetlands

Farm bill conservation programs

 

Step 3

Take Action

There are many ways you can take action. We have a list of 10 actions you can take now, You can volunteer and you can check our action center in order to see what bigger projects we are working on. Here we give you the information you need to call your congressman or sign onto proposals. 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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