River Citizens Are People The Mississippi River Can Count On

From armchairs to 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.

What's The End-Of-Summer River Citizen Challenge?

Do One Or More Of The Actions Below Before Summer's Out

And Inspire Others By Sharing Your Actions With The River Citizen Community 

Ways To Share:

Emailing a photo/video/note/etc. to info@1mississippi.org

Tagging 1Mississippi on Social Media 


Sign Petition - No More Dead Zone

Forecasted to be one of the largest on record, the 2019 Gulf of Mexico 'Dead Zone' has officially measured at 6,952 square miles (an area nearly six times the size of Rhode Island).

Fueled by nutrient pollution sourced primarily from agricultural and urban runoff, the Dead Zone is the epitome of upstream actions having downstream consequences and is bad news for the wellbeing of the River and those who rely on it.

Thankfully, proven solutions to reduce nutrient pollution exist but unfortunately are not receiving the priority and necessary funding from Congress at the scale that's needed. River Citizens, It's time to stand tall and together for the River! 


Become A River Citizen Champion

Name, have you been looking for a sign that it's time to volunteer for the River? This may be it!

The Mississippi River Network has a team of local outreach coordinators along the Mississippi committed to connecting people with the River. Jump on board and email info@1mississippi.org for more info and to get in touch with your local coordinator. Many options are available!


Submit Comment On Upper River Future

Have opinions on reducing flood risk, maintaining the navigation channel, managing river sediment, and preparing for a long term drought?

Public input is requested and the process to submit a comment is easy. Click this blog on key issues and opportunities and how to submit a public comment.


Share Why You Are A River Citizen

Did you know sharing your story of why you are a River Citizen can inspire others? 

There is no 'cookie-cutter template' of who a River Citizen is and our stories and motivations to care for the wildlife, water, land, and people of the Mississippi River are unique and varied.

Inspire others by sharing your testimonial of 'Why You Are A River Citizen' to info@1mississippi.org today! Email with questions, too!


Sign Petition For More Floodplains And Wetlands In River Management

Historic flooding in 2019 has left many many questions on the table for the future of River management. How do we rebuild? What approaches should be considered?

In this conversation, the Mississippi River Network is urging for the expanded use of natural, or green infrastructure, like floodplain reconnection and wetland restoration. These are natural elements of a healthy river system and act as 'safety valves' during high water events.

Read more on the petition page and sign-on!


More Actions To Choose From

Signing petitions and volunteering aren't your things right now?

No worries, there are plenty of ways to be a guardian and caretaker of the River. Check out the 10 Actions and try out a few during the End-Of-Summer River Citizen Challenge!

And remember you have the power to inspire others! Share your actions on social media and tag @1Mississippi, or email us at info@1mississippi.org.


So What Are You Waiting For?

The End-Of-Summer River Citizen Challenge Is On!

Can The River Count On You?


August River News 


Thank you!

Thanks for reading this edition of the River Citizen Newsletter! 1Mississippi is the public program of the Mississippi River Network and we work to keep you up to date on Mississippi River happenings from federal policy to local engagement opportunities. If you enjoyed, forward this email on to a friend today!

For the River, 

Michael Anderson, 1Mississippi newsletter curator


Mississippi River Network

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