1 Mississippi is supported by the Mississippi River Network (MRN) to encourage River Citizens through education, inspiration and opportunities to embrace the Mississippi River.

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The goal of the Network is to protect the land, water and people of the United States’ greatest River. Founded in 2005, the Network has grown into a diverse coalition of 49 nonprofit organizations and businesses from the River’s headwaters in Minnesota, to where it drains into the Gulf of Mexico.

Coordinated by Bluestem Communications, a nonprofit organization of communications and coalition-building specialists, Network members share resources, implement whole River strategies and support the 1 Mississippi national campaign.

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 Farm Bill Conservation Practices throughout the Mississippi River Basin.
  • Encourage reliance on natural infrastructure and restoration of wetlands and flood plains.