A Healthy Mississippi River Is Vital To A Healthy American Economy
The Big Picture
The Mississippi River is one of America’s most important ecological and economic engines.
1. Supports more than 870 species of wildlife and fish;
2. It’s the center of a $500 Billion a year natural resource and recreation economy;
3. Responsible for approximately 1.5 million jobs;
4. Supplies drinking water for over 20 million Americans
Unlike the Everglades, Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, and the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River does not have a dedicated federal restoration program.
Why It Matters
From the northern most headwaters down to the Mississippi Delta, the health of this great river continues to be put at risk from flooding, habitat loss, pollution and agricultural run-off.
One Big Thing
Congresswoman Betty McCollum has introduced the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative Act (MRRRI), which is modeled on other successful regional restoration programs.
If approved, the MRRRI will provide significant additional federal funding to improve water quality, restore habitat, control the spread of aquatic invasive species and build local resilience to natural disasters along the Mississippi River.
What You Can Do
Tell your elected representatives to support and co-sponsor the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative Act today!