River Citizens, take action and protect our Nation's treasure, the Mississippi River, by signing this petition today!
Nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin negatively impacts drinking water for over 20 million people and is fueling the annual Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic 'Dead Zone'. Record flooding in 2019 has exacerbated the problem and this year's Gulf Hypoxic Zone is forecasted to be one of the largest on record at around 7,829 square miles (equivalent in size to the total landmass of Massachusetts!).
This problem has knowingly been going on for decades and improvement goals aren't being met. Fortunately, solutions in agricultural conservation and management, ecosystem restoration, and improved infrastructure exist but are NOT receiving necessary funding from Congress for implementation on the scale that is required for clean water and a healthy Mississippi River.
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Message to Congress: Please Act!
I am one of over 20,000 River Citizens and a voter in your state. I care about a healthier Mississippi River from the headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico, and am concerned about high nutrient loading that damages water quality and threatens public health.
This year scientists have predicted the second largest “Dead Zone” of low oxygen in the Gulf due to nutrient-laden flood waters – an estimated 7,829 square miles – with negative effects on fisheries offshore and drinking water upstream.
Congress has passed important legislation to authorize programs that help reduce nutrient pollution, such as the Farm Bill, Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. These measures must be fully funded to provide their maximum benefit.
Congress can provide vital support by fully funding the following efforts:
I support federal, state, local, public, and private actions to reduce nutrient pollution, and am calling on Congress to act by fully funding the above programs.
Congressional support, along with state, local, and private sector efforts, can help turn the tide to reduce nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and Gulf of Mexico, making the Mississippi River healthier for all.
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As River Citizens, we have a critical role in caring for and protecting the Mississippi River. Thank you for speaking loudly for the River, clean water, and the generations to come.
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