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 using Geographic Information Software (ArcGIS) to map information for 1 Mississippi. This software was something that piqued my interest while at school and I am grateful that I got to expand my knowledge working with it as well as all of the help from Ryan McGinnis of Anatum GeoMobile Solutions.

(Click this link to view the River Citizen and MRN Member map in greater resolution.)

Using this software, I mapped where all of the River Citizens and Mississippi River Network members are located by joining our data to a shapefile of United States Zip Codes. Following this, I added a shapefile of the Mississippi River as well as the Mississippi River Basin. On this map each River Citizen is shown through a green dot, unfortunately, only one dot is placed per zip code, this is the same for MRN organizations (shown in blue and red).

As you can see from the map, the most concentrated areas of River Citizens not only are centered around the mighty Mississippi River but around where MRN organizations are located. This information allows the viewer to see that these organizations are committed to recruiting and educating River Citizens on the restoration and protection of the Mississippi River. This project has allowed me to learn the basic concepts of GIS as well as see how dedicated this organization and its members are to protecting the Mississippi. If you have read this, I appreciate your time as well as your dedication to protecting the Mississippi River.

-Lizzy Silber

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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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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

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