Did you know the Mississippi River provides us with so much? More than 18 million people in 50 cities get their drinking water from the Mississippi. Our River is a migration "flyway" for 325 bird species and provides habitat for more than 780 animal species. Additionally, the Mississippi supports 1.3 million jobs and provides $400 billion in ecosystem services annually.
Unfortunately, habitat is being degraded, new sources of water contamination go unchecked, precious wetlands are being drained and lost, and flood damages are escalating. The threats are so severe that our beloved Mississippi River was named the #6 Most Endangered River of 2022 by American Rivers. We must give our mighty Mississippi the care and protection it needs.
Thankfully, solutions exist. Many people, organizations, communities, and elected officials have been working together to create the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative (or 'The MRRRI Act'). This once-in-a-lifetime policy initiative will increase investments in:
1) clean water,
2) healthy habitats,
3) nature-based solutions to flooding, and
4) decrease harmful aquatic invasive species.
Today, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the River needs your help. You can make a difference for people, land, water, and wildlife by sending an email via the link below. Take this fast and meaningful action now!