Op-Ed: ‘The Mississippi River is worth protecting’

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Paul Labovitz and Friends of the Mississippi River Executive Director Whitney Clark write:

In the first State of the River Report, the Friends of the Mississippi River and the National Park Service’s Mississippi National River and Recreation Area teamed up to take a comprehensive look at key indicators of the river’s health — things like wildlife abundance, sediment content and contaminant levels. The report concluded that while progress has been made, there are aspects of river health that are suffering and bound to get worse if not addressed quickly and decisively.

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We encourage local, state and federal leaders to push a new wave of policies to address the negative trends. Individuals can play a part, too, by contacting their leaders and by learning what they can do in their homes, yards and communities to help protect the Mississippi.

Source: Star Tribune