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From Mississippi River inspired reflections to in-depth analysis of River-related policy, the Mississippi blog roll is a must-read.

Primarily authored by Mississippi staff, we also offer this space for guest blogs. Please contact info@1mississippi.org with submissions and questions!

Success Stories — Dogtooth Bend Restoration Project

Success Stories — Dogtooth Bend Restoration Project

The Mississippi River Network (MRN) was pleased to host Shelly Morris from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for a webinar on the Dogtooth Bend Floodplain Restoration project in Southern Illinois. You can watch the recording of the webinar here or...

Improvement is in Reach

Improvement is in Reach

Recognizing the Problem It all starts with a quick fishing trip taken with my godson Josh and nephew Aaron, the latter you may remember from one of my previous blogs.  Essentially, on a hot summer day, I decided to give the boys, whose care was my...

Birds of Quarantine

Birds of Quarantine

 I sit on my patio in my courtyard sipping on Ginger Mushroom tea anticipating the sunrise to peek over the concrete wall before me. I live downtown and my porch faces the back of a feed and seed store so my sunrise is delayed by a few...

What’s soil got to do with … rivers?

What’s soil got to do with … rivers?

Last month, the Mississippi River Network hosted a webinar for its members and friends featuring Tim Wagner from the Izaak Walton League of America (an MRN member organization) and healthy soils policy and state legislation expert Steven Keleti....

In Solidarity

 The Mississippi River Network stands in deep sadness, righteous anger, and solidarity with Black Communities who suffer because of racism and police brutality. Environmental work and racial justice are inexorably linked and in fact are all part of...

A Fantastic Morning in the Marsh

A Fantastic Morning in the Marsh

Why are wetland areas important? How can soggy, mosquito breeding grounds covered by plants and occasionally standing water have any value unless it is drained and used as farmland or developed? Wetlands in fact provide many benefits! Wetlands are...

How is Urban Runoff Affecting Your Water Quality?

How is Urban Runoff Affecting Your Water Quality?

Urban and suburban areas contain buildings, homes, and other impervious (non-porous) surfaces, such as paved roads and parking lots, that do not allow stormwater to absorb into the ground thoroughly.  Instead, we rely on built ‘gray’...

1 Mississippi: River Citizen 2019 Highlights

1 Mississippi: River Citizen 2019 Highlights

Started in 2009, 1 Mississippi is a growing national movement of nearly 20,000 River Citizens- everyday people dedicated to protecting the River by speaking up on its behalf and caring for it in simple ways that make a big difference. From...

2019 Gulf Dead Zone smaller than forecasted – why?

2019 Gulf Dead Zone smaller than forecasted – why?

The forecast for a record size Gulf Hypoxic Zone this year got much attention in the media, followed by the actual measurement of an area of low oxygen that was smaller than predicted. What happened, and why? This image from NOAA shows agricultural...

The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot

It’s June, and the Mississippi River is still unusually high, but here in the Lower Mississsippi, we seemed to be in the sweet spot. ‘The Sweet Spot’ – photo by Tanner Aljets The Missouri River is causing havoc throughout the Eastern Midwest with...

Multi-Benefits of Natural Infrastructure

Multi-Benefits of Natural Infrastructure

Natural infrastructure, or green infrastructure refers to natural river system elements like wetlands, marshes, swamps, and floodplains. The ground in these areas resembles a spongy texture, that allows water to be absorbed. Natural infrastructures...

More Action for the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan

More Action for the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan

The Gulf Hypoxia Task Force met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 16. It was a gathering with some historical significance. The Task Force, composed of states along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and key federal agencies, last met in that city in...

The Muddy & Flood-y Mississippi River

The Muddy & Flood-y Mississippi River

Drone footage provided by Alex Fisher The powerful energy our river provides is often underestimated until the waters begin to rise. The beginning of our spring proved this to be true, contributing to record flooding in Nebraska, and challenging...

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

River Citizens are people who want to clean up and protect America's greatest River. 

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