Mississippi River happenings

By Olivia Dorothy
Regional Conservation Coordinator, Upper Mississippi River Initiative, Izaak Walton League of America

Editor’s note: As the website says: “Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations. With a powerful grassroots network of more than 250 local chapters nationwide, the League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country’s natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans. We invite you to learn about our work and to join us in supporting important conservation initiatives in your community. The Izak Walton League of America is one of the Mississippi River’s best friends.” Visit www.iwla.org. Olivia Dorothy is the new area chapter director and is formally the environmental advisor for Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. Here are local events on the big river of our Rock River. Consider whatever we send downstream.

Invitation to the Big River Lives Leadership Forum

Please join us on Dec. 6 for The Big River Lives Leadership Forum in St. Louis, MO., convened by the America’s Wetland Foundation as part of The Big River Works, a national initiative to build cooperation for a healthy, sustainable Mississippi River system.

The Big River Lives is the third in a series of five leadership forums dedicated to the Mississippi River’s health and sustainability. The St. Louis Forum will focus on improving comprehensive water management, access and quality through cooperative action.

The Big River Works is guided by a steering committee with global experience and expertise and convened in cooperation with a host of prominent organizations that represent the depth and breadth of the Big River’s national impact and international significance. The agenda for this forum is designed to be highly interactive, and your perspective will be extremely valuable. For more information, please visit our website at http://bigriverworks.org/.

When: Dec. 6, 2012

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Hilton St. Louis Union Station

1820 Market St.

St. Louis, MO.

RSVP by: Dec. 1, 2012

2013 Most Endangered Rivers nominations due Nov. 1

Every year, American Rivers generates a list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®. Ten rivers are selected each year for inclusion in our list, not because they are the most polluted, but rather because they are facing a turning point in the coming year that could negatively impact the river into the future. Listing a river in the report shines a spotlight on the issues it is facing and hopefully moves decision makers in the right direction.

Rivers are selected based upon the following criteria:

• A major decision (that the public can help influence) in the coming year on the proposed action.

• The significance of the river to human and natural communities.

• The magnitude of the threat to the river and associated communities, especially in light of a changing climate.

The nomination form is available electronically (MER Nomination Form 2013_distributed.pdf)

Together we can protect our River!

The Mississippi is truly America’s River — a critical source of water for 18 million people, a diverse habitat for wildlife, the backbone of our economy and a rich part of our heritage. Because the River runs through 10 states and connects 31 states through its vast tributary system, you don’t have to live on the River to have a big impact on the River. Today, the once mighty Mississippi River is in trouble. Pollution from untreated sewage, farms and factories along with weak enforcement of water laws has caused our great River to decline. The Mississippi River is a part of us and our communities, and its poor health impacts us all.

But we can help by making simple changes in our lives and standing up for the River. Become a River Citizen today, to learn how, go to http://1mississippi.org/become-a-river-citizen).

For more information, contact Olivia Dorothy, 217-390-3658 or odorothy@iwla.org.

From the Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012, issue

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