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