Southwest Journal: ‘Report says Mississippi River improving, but still faces tough issues’

The good news: The Mississippi River is home to more fish, bald eagles and mussels than in recent history. The bad news: The river is being inundated with more bacteria, phosphates and sediment.

That’s according to the State of the River Report compiled by Friends of the Mississippi River and the National Park Service and funded by the McKnight Foundation, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and Capitol Region Watershed District.

The report looks at 13 key indicators about the river’s health and water quality, from a Minnesota perspective, but also looks at implications as far south as the Gulf of Mexico.