Where the Mississippi and America’s Land and Water Conservation Program Meet

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was passed in 1964 to ensure American’s public access to outdoor recreation. Since then the law has helped create and improve thousands of projects across the country, from National Parks to neighborhood ballfields. According to the Department of the Interior, “for more than 50 years, the LWCF has invested revenue from federal offshore oil and gas royalties into more than 40,000 outdoor recreation facilities and conservation projects in every state”.

Along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, many of the public lands and waters funded by the LWCF are also helping two of the Mississippi River Network’s priority issues: Natural Flood Infrastructure and Nutrient Pollution Reduction.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund funds conservation projects across the nation; from National Parks to neighborhood ball fields.

LWCF projects help create a healthier and more resilient Mississippi River

Natural floodplains and wetlands provide the ecological and hydrological functions that improve both flood resiliency and filtration of harmful pollutants. (New to the topic? Read more about how natural, or green, infrastructure, reduces nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River here.)

Wetlands are an example of ‘natural infrastructure’. Wetlands provide multi-benefits like wildlife habitat, water filtration, and recreational opportunities.

 

The string of National Wildlife Refuges along the Mississippi River that has been funded by the LWCF provides stellar examples of these multiple benefits.

A few of these Refuges from the top to the bottom of the River:

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – MN, IA, IL, WI 

Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge – IL, MO 

Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge – Illinois

Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge – Iowa

Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge – KY

Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge – TN

Cache River National Wildlife Refuge – AR 

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuges – MS

Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge – LA 

Delta National Wildlife Refuge – LA   

2019 has been a year of progress for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congress approved permanent authorization for the LWCF in February, ensuring that the law will not expire. But guaranteed funding for the LWCF remains to be done. Check out the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition’s page for further info.

-Doug Daigle, Mississippi River Network Policy Manager

Can the River count on you? Become a River Citizen today at www.1mississippi.org.

View current action alerts and stand up for the River at 1 Mississippi’s Action Center.

 

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

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