Bisecting the Continental United States, the Mississippi River provides a key route for transportation of agricultural products, bulk commodities, and manufactured goods. The river is a route and habitat for many migratory birds, fish, and animals. The river transports soil, nutrients, and other materials from its massive watershed into the Gulf of Mexico and is an unmistakable jewel in the Nation’s water infrastructure
Much attention, resources, and money has been directed to America’s outer coasts compared to America’s Inner Coast, the Mississippi River. There is a need for a shared vision and long-term plan to protect and improve the resources of the river, its watershed, and the saltwater habitat into which it flows. The Summit will also explore barriers and constraints to a Mississippi River watershed effort.
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