Can The River Count On You?

Here’s how to get involved:

Current petitions

Expand the Use of Natural Infrastructure on the Mississippi River!

Expand the Use of Natural Infrastructure on the Mississippi River!

2019 has seen record floods on the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio Rivers and many of their tributaries. These high-water events are a vivid reminder of the role that natural systems can play in flood mitigation and river management. Natural Infrastructure means the...

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From local River clean-ups to public meetings with River decision makers, check out the 1 Mississippi calendar for upcoming events and ways to get involved.

We believe our impact is greater together. The more connected we are to the River, the more we can take action for a healthy Mississippi River for people, land, wildlife, and water. 

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:

10 Actions you can take now

1. Spread the word about 1 Mississippi

Forward our newsletter, join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter and encourage others to participate in the movement by signing up to be a River Citizen at 1mississippi.org.

 

2. Connect with the River

Take a canoe trip, visit a nature center or attend a riverside festival. Since we protect what we know, get out and experience the Mighty Mississippi for yourself. Find year round River events near you at 1mississippi.org/events.

3. Volunteer for the River

Many hands make light work and volunteers often turn ideas into reality. River cleanups, tree plantings and restoration work days directly affect your community and create free memories with family and friends. Email info@1mississippi.org for volunteer opportunities in your area!

4. Pick up garbage and pet waste to reduce pollution and harmful run off into the River

Heavy rains flush pollution into the storm drains, much of which flows directly into rivers. We can beautify our communities and prevent River pollution at the same time by simply bringing a bag and picking up trash on neighborhood walks.

5. Choose native plants for yards

Native plants are accustomed to the conditions where you live, can prevent invasive species from spreading, preserve community heritage and support local pollinators, butterflies and birds.

6. Contact Congress through the 1 Mississippi Action Center

Remind them the health of the River is inseparable from the strength of our economy and communities. Remember, these elected officials answer to you. Never underestimate the power of your voice. Take me to the Action Center!

7. Reduce the use of lawn and garden fertilizers containing phosphorous and nitrogen

When these excess nutrients enter rivers and streams, they promote algae growth, depleting oxygen in the water and endangering aquatic life. The result is a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico that wreaks havoc on the ecosystem and threatens the fishing industry.

8. Support sustainable agriculture practices, policies and people who promote healthy soil

Sustainable farming prevents soil erosion taking care of the land for future generations. Use your dollars to encourage local farmers who integrate responsible farming techniques.

9. Protect valuable local wetlands from harmful development

Speak up at public forums and describe the essential role wetlands play in ecosystems and our communities. They provide critical habitat, filter pollutants and protect our homes and businesses by acting as a giant sponge, absorbing excess rainwater and reducing flooding. Read more here.

10. VOTE! Be heard

Elected officials make important decisions that affect our River. Learn about your local and national leaders’ voting records and hold them accountable for making our River their priority. Everyone should be held responsible for their actions.

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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

The 1 Mississippi program is implemented by the Mississippi River Network and is the nation’s only grassroots outreach effort focused on the entire Mississippi River with the goal to educate the public on the urgent issues facing the River.  The Mississippi River Network is a coalition of over 55 organizations working toward a healthy and resilient River for the land, water, wildlife, and people.

Nutrient pollution

Importance of floodplains and wetlands

Farm bill conservation programs

 

Step 3

Take Action

There are many ways you can take action for a healthy Mississippi River. We have a list of 10 actions you can take now. Check out our action center for current action alerts, bigger projects we are working on, and ways to get involved. 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

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NO MORE DEAD ZONE – FULLY FUND PROVEN SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE NUTRIENT POLLUTION

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