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Mississippi River

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Total Organizations: 39
Total Projects: 30
Priority SDGs: --
Priority Industries: --
Profile Completion: 70%

Water Challenges

As reported by organizations on the Hub.

20.4%
Land Use Issues
18.4%
Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards
18.4%
Socioeconomic and Reputation
14.3%
Upstream Water Issues
8.2%
Local Water Resource Governance
6.1%
Influent
4.1%
Access to Water Supply and Water Services
4.1%
Physical water supply
4.1%
Water Demand and Competition among Users
2.0%
Water Pricing

Region Overview

The Mississippi River originates as a tiny outlet stream from Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota. During a meandering 2,350 mile journey south to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River is joined by hundreds of tributaries, including the Ohio and Missouri Rivers. Water from parts or all of 31 states drains into the Mississippi River, and creates a drainage basin over 1,245,000 square miles in size. Before reaching the Gulf, the Mississippi meets up with its distributary, the Atchafalaya River. The Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB), which encompasses both the Mississippi and the Atchafalaya River Basins, is the third largest in the world, after the Amazon and Congo basins. Parts or all of 31 states plus two Canadian provinces drain into the Mississippi River, totaling 41% of the contiguous United States and 15% of North America. Along with being the largest U.S. drainage basin, the Mississippi also creates borders for 10 states. The Mississippi River provides necessary resources to the U.S. and has helped to shape American history and commerce, including tourism and the fishing industry. The natural capacity of the MARB to remove nutrients has been diminished by a range of human activities. The Mississippi is one of the most heavily engineered rivers in the United States. Over time, the character of the old river meanders and floodplains have been modified for millions of acres of agriculture and urbanization. Many of the original freshwater wetlands, riparian zones and adjacent streams and tributaries along the Mississippi have been disconnected from the river by levees and other engineering modifications. This has caused a loss of habitat for native plants and animals and has reduced the biological productivity of the entire river basin. Historically, the coastal marshes of Louisiana have provided a natural barrier against the erosion caused by the fierce storms which often come from the Gulf by neutralizing some of the flow energy of the water. This capacity has been reduced by channelization. Over the years, traffic on the river has caused increased bank erosion, turbidity, sediment resuspension, and disruption of native species habitats. The increased amount of river dredging, levee building, and construction that comes along with this traffic impairs aquatic life in many ways by disturbing their habitat.

Organizations in Mississippi River


Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm with access to more than 3,000 consultants in over 100 offices around the world. Our Sustainability Practice brings together management consultants and technical experts offering solutions from strategy through implementation ... Learn More

The Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was established in 1945, to serve the area of Benton County, IA. Benton SWCD is governed by five elected commissioners, each located in a different township within the district area. Benton ... Learn More

Bunge is a global agribusiness and food company, incorporated in Bermuda,[2] and headquartered in White Plains, New York, United States. As well as being an international soybean exporter, it is also involved in food processing, grain trading, and fertilizer. Learn More

Calvert, established in 1976, is an investment management company that is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Calvert is one of the largest responsible investment companies in the United States Learn More

CH2M is a global engineering company that provides consulting, design, construction, and operations services for corporations, and federal, state, and local governments. Learn More

The Colgate-Palmolive Company is an American worldwide consumer products company focused on the production, distribution and provision of household, health care and personal care products. Learn More

The Dow Chemical Company, commonly referred to as Dow, was an American multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, United States, and the predecessor of the merged company DowDuPont. Learn More

“IC Medicals” and “ The Emission” are two genetically integrated global internet projects about informational copies of substances and biological objects. DST Foundation initiated the integration of these phenomenal projects in August 2009 as they both are based on usage ... Learn More

Wastewater management encompasses a broad range of efforts that promote effective and responsible water use, treatment, and disposal and encourage the protection and restoration of our nation's watersheds. EPA's Office of Wastewater Management oversees the regulatory and voluntary programs that ... Learn More

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Learn More

The Gap, Inc., commonly known as Gap Inc. or Gap, is an American worldwide clothing and accessories retailer. Learn More

General Mills, Inc., is an American multinational manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. Learn More

Harpeth Conservancy's mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee by employing scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote and support broad community stewardship and action. Learn More

Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a global brand of full-service hotels and resorts and the flagship brand of Hilton. Learn More

The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient (Hypoxia) Task Force consists of 5 federal agencies, 12 states and the tribes within the Mississippi/ Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB). The Task Force was established in 1997 to reduce and control hypoxia in ... Learn More

The Indiana Conservation Partnership is comprised of eight Indiana agencies and organizations who share a common goal of promoting conservation. To that end, the mission of the Indiana Conservation Partnership is to provide technical, financial and educational assistance needed to ... Learn More

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was established as a separate state agency by the Legislature in 2005. Major responsibilities include advocacy for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level, managing soil conservation programs, promoting economic development ... Learn More

In 2013, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) established the Iowa Water Quality Inititative (WQI) to begin implementation efforts of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS). Learn More

We're an independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. IPM is an approach to managing pests that protects health and the ... Learn More

Main water focus Water quality investigations Water and waste auditing Effluent treatment processes and design Water quality modelling Contamination assessment and remediation Mining impacts on ground and surface water Sanitation Water supply Water management Water treatment Learn More

Mission Protect and enhance Kentucky’s environment to improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians. Vision The Department for Environmental Protection envisions a healthy and productive commonwealth with balanced stewardship of the land, air and water where future generations enjoy ... Learn More

Keurig Green Mountain, formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, is a specialty coffee and coffeemaker company founded in 1981 and headquartered in the United States. Learn More

Levi Strauss & Co. is a privately held American clothing company known worldwide for its Levi's brand of denim jeans. Learn More

Lien AID is an international non-profit committed to enabling sustainable access to clean water and sanitation for Asia’s rural poor. Founded in 2006, Lien AID focuses on community-based approaches in the delivery of multi-year WASH programmes. Through partnerships with local ... Learn More

Mars is an American global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products and a provider of animal care services. Learn More

Merck & Co is an American pharmaceutical company and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Learn More

20 Faith-based institutional investors, interested in water issues, shareholder engagements. Concentrate on Midwest USA companies, many of whom have global connections. Active members of Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, ICCR, in NYC. Learn More

The Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project, led by Black Hawk SWCD, targets both the Miller Creek watershed (HUC-12 070802050905) and the Headwaters Miller Creek watershed (HUC-12 070802050904), two of Black Hawk County's most intensely farmed watersheds. Taken together, these ... Learn More

Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. Learn More

Natural Capital Partners designs projects that deliver emission reductions, build renewable energy demand, and support low carbon sustainable development. Learn More

The North Central Region Water Network is a 12-state collaboration designed to enhance connectivity across regional and state water projects, develop and carry out integrated outreach and education efforts, and coordinate projects with measurable short and long-term environmental and social ... Learn More

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), was established on June 30, 1948 to control and abate pollution in the Ohio River Basin. ORSANCO is an interstate commission representing eight states and the federal government. Member states include: Illinois, ... Learn More

PVH Corp, formerly known as the Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, is an American clothing company which owns brands such as Van Heusen, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, IZOD, Arrow, and licenses brands such as Geoffrey Beene, BCBG Max Azria, Chaps, Sean John, ... Learn More

The mission of SERA-46 is to promote effective implementation of science-based approaches to nutrient management/conservation that reduce nutrient losses to the environment. Our primary goals are to 1) Establish and strengthen relationships that can serve the missions of multiple organizations ... Learn More

The US BCSD is an action oriented and member-led nonprofit business association that harnesses the power of collaborative projects, platforms and partnerships to develop, deploy and scale solutions to ecosystems, energy, materials and water challenges. Learn More

Formed in 1981 by the Governors of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin, the purpose of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA) is to facilitate dialogue and cooperative action regarding water and related land resource issues in the basin. ... Learn More

WaterStep responds to critical needs for safe water by evaluating and implementing solutions and teaching people to use those tools. WaterStep saves lives with safe water by empowering communities to take care of their own long-term water needs. We believe ... Learn More

Water Technologies International (GR8 Water) is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of technologically advanced Atmospheric Water Generators (AWG). These unique devices utilize a patent pending air purification input system to produce clean, great-tasting, safe water from the humidity in ... Learn More

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Projects in Mississippi River


The Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project is a 3-year project that runs from January 1, 2014-December 31, 2016. This project is largely funded by the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and is an effort to educate farmers about the Iowa Nutrient ... Learn More

AT&T and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) developed tools and resources to help organizations build their own programs to reduce water and energy use in buildings. Learn More

The Clean and Conserve Education Program is designed to help children ages four and older learn about water conservation and healthy hygiene practices through school and community educators, or on their own. The program has five educational components, divided by ... Learn More

Access to safe water is the foundation to the development of all communities. Safe and reliable water restores hope and unlocks potential and opportunity. As the water crisis has grown to a global level leaving in its path a plethora ... Learn More

The Curry’s Fork Watershed Plan addresses water quality impairments and restores streams in the 4 sub-watersheds within the Curry’s Fork watershed: Curry’s Fork [Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 05140102180140 and 05140102180120], North Curry’s Fork (HUC 05140102180100), South Curry’s Fork (HUC 05140102180110), ... Learn More

Studies will be conducted and results will be shared and discussed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Learn More

The Drought Task Force recommends regulatory, operational, and technical solutions, and points out other regions of concern and potential impacts. In order to address changing waterbody conditions due to climate change challenges, Exelon has installed monitoring systems in river bodies ... Learn More

The Energy Water Initiative (EWI) is a collaborative effort among participating members of the U.S. oil and natural gas industry to study, describe, and improve lifecycle water use and management in upstream unconventional oil and natural gas exploration and production. ... Learn More

Team formed to identify and execute water saving themes. This would help us cater our need of water for our operations. Cost of these methods - Call for additional capital investment but on the other end would lead to saving ... Learn More

Johnson & Johnson has developed a Global Aquatic Ingredient Assessment™ (GAIA) protocol to better understand how its products interact with water environments. GAIA analyzes the impact an ingredient might have on an aquatic environment and the fish and plant life ... Learn More

This project seeks to create efficiencies in watershed management by: 1) working in 12 priority watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin with documented water impairments and stressors; 2) conducting baseline social science assessments in these watersheds of current on-farm practices, ... Learn More

The Indiana Conservation Partnership is comprised of eight Indiana agencies and organizations who share a common goal of promoting conservation. To that end, the mission of the Indiana Conservation Partnership is to provide technical, financial and educational assistance needed to ... Learn More

INfield Advantage is a proactive, collaborative opportunity for farmers to collect and understand personalized, on-farm data to optimize their management practices to, ultimately, improve their bottom line and benefit the environment. Learn More

In cooperation with the Colombian Ministry of Rural Development, the Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Intelligent Water Management (IWM) project seeks to make the Colombian coffee ... Learn More

Forests provide much of the world’s most biodiverse habitat on land, making their protection a priority for maintaining biodiversity. They also provide flood control and water regulation benefits. In 2011, we launched a new environmental initiative with funding to help ... Learn More

In 2014, the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin – through the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA) – approved a shared plan for Clean Water Act (CWA) monitoring of the Upper Mississippi River (UMR). This UMR CWA ... Learn More

The Iowa Water Quality Initiative (WQI) began in 2013 by the Iowa Legislature to begin implementation efforts of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS). The Iowa WQI is taking a multi-faceted approach to deliver programming to advance the Iowa NRS ... Learn More

Our sustainable agriculture program, Kellogg’s Origins™, puts a particular emphasis on connecting growers with other agricultural experts to help improve soil health and nutrient efficiency, and on using practices that help support the environment and biodiversity. Learn More

With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Danone Indonesia (Aqua) and its local partner LPTP co-created the “Klaten” project to empower farmers around the Aqua factory through the promotion of sustainable agriculture, especially water and soil management, and also ... Learn More

As an example, in response to perilously dry conditions in Lake Pillsbury, a storage reservoir for PG&E’s Potter Valley Hydroelectric Project, PG&E brought together key stakeholders, including state and local water resource agencies, federal and state fish and wildlife departments, ... Learn More

We worked with the local municipalities in California where key sites are located such as Palo Alto and Roseville in order to understand the severity of the drought situation and local community priorities and needs. We developed our site specific ... Learn More

Reliable water supplies are critical to industry, agriculture, cities and the natural environment. Because of these multiple dependencies within a region or watershed, water risks cannot be completely managed within individual facility footprints. Water users benefit from knowing how others ... Learn More

Because water is essential to nature, communities, and business, The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launched a transformational partnership in 2007 to help conserve the world’s freshwater resources. Expanding this focus and building on our progress, the ... Learn More

Fortescue’s Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) scheme allows for an efficient and resilient groundwater supply without significantly impacting the quantity of water present in natural aquifers. The cost of developing groundwater reinjection technology and infrastructure has been significant for Fortescue. However, ... Learn More

The Miller Creek Water Quality Improvement Project, led by Black Hawk SWCD, targets both the Miller Creek watershed (HUC-12 070802050905) and the Headwaters Miller Creek watershed (HUC-12 070802050904), two of Black Hawk County's most intensely farmed watersheds. Taken together, these ... Learn More

Anglo Platinum is a representative member and chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Olifants River Joint Water Forum which represents 22 mining companies with potentially 40 mining projects in the area. The forum is part of the Olifants River ... Learn More

In 2013, PepsiCo launched the SFI, a comprehensive on-farm program that was ongoing through 2016 to gather data at the farm level and advance sustainable agricultural practices, continuous improvement, and long-term viability of the farm. The SFI framework contains environmental, ... Learn More

The Toilet Board Coalition is a global, businessled coalition of leading companies, investors, sanitation experts and non-profit organisations who have come together to accelerate innovative market-based solutions that deliver sanitation at scale, to those who need it most. Through the ... Learn More

Nampak Glass invested in a closed-loop water harvesting and treatment system with a 1 71kl tank. This cost the company R1.2 billion. Nampak Glass have also invested in borehole technology and embarked on a water conservation awareness drive throughout the ... Learn More

WhiteWave Foods installed water-saving technologies at their Mt. Crawford, Virginia manufacturing plant completed the first phase of a two-phase wastewater treatment project in which more than 55 percent of the water consumed by the plant’s cooling tower, over 35 million ... Learn More

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