Support restoration, resilience, & equity
You can support a new vision for the Mississippi River focused on restoration, resilience, and equity.
Right now, you can sign a petition to show your support for the proposed Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative (MRRRI).
For too long, the Mississippi River has suffered from a lack of adequate resources and coordination among federal, state, and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations (like the Alliance!) and others who care deeply about Ol’ Man River.
Without coordinated action and sufficient federal funding, we miss opportunities to protect the drinking water source for 20 million people in 50 cities, address flooding, and keep the economy flowing
With climate change, the challenges facing River communities will only intensify.
The damage disproportionately harms communities of color, rural, and poor communities in 15 states along the River.
The Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative is modeled after other dedicated federal initiatives that protect treasures like the Great Lakes, the Everglades, and the Puget Sound.
The benefits aren’t just downstream.
A new MRRRI (“meery”) would help address our water quality issues right here in Illinois.
Illinois is a leading contributor of nutrient pollution to the Mississippi River. Fertilizer runoff from farm fields has created a massive Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico where algae sucks the oxygen out of the water, killing fish and plants.
To combat this, Illinois adopted a Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, which directs state resources toward helping to improve water quality.
MRRRI has the potential to bring essential resources here to help reach our water quality goals.
During River Days of Action over the next 10 days, we are working with 56 members of the Mississippi River Network to collect 5,000 signatures in support of MRRRI.
By signing this petition, you are showing your support for a new vision for the Mississippi River that includes a holistic restoration and resiliency strategy focused on four areas:
- Improving water quality,
- Restoring habitat and natural systems,
- Eliminating aquatic invasive species, and
- Building local resilience to natural disasters.
Want to learn more? There are several online events and many more in person happening the rest of this week and weekend:
- Equity And Environmental Justice: A Conversation Across The Mississippi River – 06/17 @ 1pm
- Maintaining Water Quality Webinar – 06/17 @ 6pm
- Nature Therapy: Where You And Nature Meet – 06/18 @ 6pm
Your support ensures efforts for restoration funding is equitable and directed intentionally to River communities that have faced disproportionate harm from environmental degradation and environmental racism.