Welcome to the 1 Mississippi Monthly October 2019 newsletter! Like this bridge spanning our Mighty Mississippi and connecting Moline, IL, and Bettendorf, IA, we seek to bridge people and the River through our 1 Mississippi program. Wishing you, River Citizen, a pleasant transition into the cold months on the River. Thanks for being a River Citizen. Enjoy!


Recent Upper Mississippi meetings allow for citizens to be heard

One of the UMBRA public meetings took place in Godfrey, IL. The meeting allowed for local ideas and actions to be shared in the discussion of future River resiliency management. Photo Credit: Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

A recent series of six public meetings held along the Upper Mississippi allowed for various stakeholders to discuss flooding, sediment, and drought management.

Organized by the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, these public listening sessions set a great example for incorporating local ideas and local action into a future regional resilience plan for the River. Comments can still be submitted here.

Our St. Louis, MO regional Outreach Coordinator, Kristen Mertz, attended the Cape Girardeau meeting. Kristen shares key takeaways and observations in her latest blog.


Proudly presenting: www.1mississippi.org

Without further ado, we welcome you to visit our revitalized www.1mississippi.org website! From upcoming events, advocacy actions, and education on key issues and opportunities facing the River, this website is a one-stop-shop for River Citizens and beyond! 

Special shout-out to True East Media for the stellar support and expertise in creating this enhanced, user-friendly website! We are proud to offer this site to the River community!

So, please check out the site and email feedback, questions, and upcoming events you'd like to share to info@1mississippi.org.

Together, we are 1 Mississippi!

The revitalized www.1mississippi.org website is LIVE! Educate yourself on River issues and solutions, find an upcoming event, and take action.


Welcome, Chris! New Dubuque-area Regional Outreach Coordinator

Join us in welcoming Mr. Chris Stangl! Chris joins our outreach team with a wealth of River knowledge and public engagement and education experience. Primarily working the Iowa and Wisconsin region, email chris@1mississippi.org to get involved!

One of the pillars of the 1 Mississippi program is to serve those who are looking to engage with, learn more about, and take action for the Mississippi River. We are fortunate to welcome Wisconsin-native, Chris Stangl, to our Mississippi River Network Outreach team!

Chris (a lifelong advocate and Mississippi River educator) is based out of Dubuque, IA with regional host, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, and works the Iowa/Wisconsin region. Get to know Chris in his latest blog! If you live in the region, feel free to send an email to chris@1mississippi.org to get connected.


Where the Mississippi and America's Conservation Fund Meet

"For more than 50 years, the LWCF has invested revenue from federal offshore oil and gas royalties into more than 40,000 outdoor recreation facilities and conservation projects in every state." Quote and Image from the Department of the Interior.

The year 2019 has been marked with progress for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Congress approved permanent authorization for the LWCF in February, ensuring that the law will not expire. But guaranteed funding for the LWCF remains to be done. 

Since 1964, the LWCF has helped create and improve thousands of projects across the country, including along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Many of the public lands and waters funded by the LWCF are also provide support on two priority issues: Natural Flood Infrastructure and Nutrient Pollution Reduction. 

We've highlighted some key examples of Mississippi River-related LWCF funded programs. Check them out here.


Can you relay this? "Voices" nears the Gulf!

The Relay of Voices team is almost to the Gulf of Mexico! Pictured: Relay project director, Victory Bradford Styrbicki, far right. Photo: Relay of Voices Blog Day 95 - October 11

On October 20, the Mississippi River Relay of Voices project marked their arrival at Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a reception at the Water Institute of the Gulf.

Tom and Victoria Styrbicki met with family, friends, and supporters of the project, among them Mississippi River Network staff, to mark their progress on reaching the final phase of their journey to the Mississippi's mouth. The team intends to arrive in the Gulf of Mexico around November 5 after running the length of the River and collecting stories and testimonials of people they've met who live with the Mississippi River as an important part of their work and habitation. 

A mighty Mississippi congratulations to Relay of Voices - we're grateful to be a thread in what y'all are weaving. Congrats!


River in the News


Thank you!

Thanks for reading this edition of the River Citizen Newsletter! We aim to keep you up to date on happenings up and down the Mississippi from federal policy to local engagement opportunities. If you enjoyed, forward this email to a friend today!

For the River,

Michael Anderson, 1 Mississippi newsletter curator


Mississippi River Network

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