WE ALL COUNT ON THE RIVER, BUT CAN THE RIVER COUNT ON US?

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River Citizens – People the River can count on!

Today, our great River is in trouble. Pollution from untreated sewage, farms and factories, along with weak law enforcement have caused our great River to deteriorate. The River is part of us and our communities; its poor health impacts us all.

The Mississippi River is truly America’s River – a critical source of drinking water for 18 million people, a diverse habitat for wildlife, the backbone of our economy and a rich part of our heritage. The Mississippi River unites us as a people and we rely on it more than most of us realize.

Luckily, we can help by making simple changes in our lives and standing up for the River. The first step is to become a River Citizen

River Citizens are people who want to restore and protect America’s greatest River. Whether in arm chairs or wading boots, River Citizens protect the River by speaking up on its behalf and caring for it in simple ways that make a big difference. Together, we can protect the River for future generations.

Anyone can become a River Citizen and we invite you to join the community that’s nearly 20,000 people strong! Take the first step and become a River Citizen today. Can the River count on you?

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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:

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WE ALL COUNT ON THE RIVER, BUT CAN THE RIVER COUNT ON US?

River Citizens

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Actions Taken

Live Events

River Citizens – People the River can count on!

Today, our great River is in trouble. Pollution from untreated sewage, farms and factories, along with weak law enforcement have caused our great River to deteriorate. The River is part of us and our communities; its poor health impacts us all.

The Mississippi River is truly America’s River – a critical source of drinking water for 18 million people, a diverse habitat for wildlife, the backbone of our economy and a rich part of our heritage. The Mississippi River unites us as a people and we rely on it more than most of us realize.

Luckily, we can help by making simple changes in our lives and standing up for the River. The first step is to become a River Citizen

River Citizens are people who want to clean up and protect America’s greatest River. Whether in arm chairs or wading boots, River Citizens protect the River by speaking up on its behalf and caring for it in simple ways that make a big difference. Together, we can protect the River for future generations. Take the first step and sign up as a River Citizen today.

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:

 

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PAST RIVER CITIZEN ADVOCACY ACTIONS

August 2020 Action Alert: Thank Rep. Ron Kind for championing increased funding for Mississippi River habitat restoration, science, monitoring, and watershed study.

August 2020 Action Alert: Thank Rep. Ron Kind for championing increased funding for Mississippi River habitat restoration, science, monitoring, and watershed study.

August 2020 Action Alert: Thank Rep. Ron Kind for championing increased funding for Mississippi River habitat restoration, science, monitoring, and watershed study.

Thank you for recently taking action on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2020 bill. Thanks to YOU, the House of Representatives passed legislation last week that includes major wins for the Mississippi River, including increased appropriations funding for habitat restoration, science, and monitoring as well as authorization for a full watershed study of the Upper Mississippi River. Increase your impact and thank Representative Ron Kind for championing these important pieces of WRDA!

It is important that our decision-makers hear from River Citizens like you, all throughout the country, who are committed to making their voice heard! Thank you for speaking up and for all that you do to protect the health and resilience of the Mississippi River.

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Why I care About the River

The river is the life blood of the region and I want it to be clean!

Libby Reuter

Watershed Cairns Artist, Ilinois-based River Citizen

"I am a River Citizen because I was born at the headwaters of the Mississippi in Little Falls and grew up across from the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, IL (I biked there in summer of 2013 and saw there river display) I lived on Nicollet Island for 6 years in late 80’s and to mid 90’s…"

Elizabeth Irene Goodman Hallowell

"I am a River Citizen because the River is perfect. Man is not perfect. If man makes a mistake against the River, the River will find it, and exploit it."

John Barry

Author, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

From The Blog

Where on the map are our 20,000 River Citizens?

Where on the map are our 20,000 River Citizens?

Hello, River Citizens and Mississippi River Network (MRN) Members! My name is Lizzy Silber and I have been an intern for 1 Mississippi for the last two years. This past summer I have worked on many projects but by far my favorite project has been...

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!

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Which of these River-friendly actions are most important to you?