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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) serves the Armed Forces & Nation by providing vital engineering services & capabilities, as a public service, across the full spectrum of operations - from peace to war - in support of national interests.  

Corps mission includes five broad areas:
Water Resources, Environment, Infrastructure, Homeland Security, Warfighting

The smallest of the seven uniformed services of the U.S. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment, and the U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America's coasts, ports, and inland waterways.

The PLANTS Database provides a single source of standardized information about plants. PLANTS provides standardized plant names, symbols and other plant attribute information.

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Prehistoric mounds are common from the plains of the Midwest to the Atlantic seaboard, but only in this general area were they constructed in an effigy outline of mammals, birds, or reptiles. The Monument contains 1,481 acres with 200 mounds, 29 effigies, the others are conical, linear, and compound.

To provide for public benefits associated with fish, wildlife, and wild areas, by preserving the Upper Mississippi River floodplain ecosystem for the enjoyment and use of this and future generations.

The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. The Environmental Center freely shares a wide range of biological, physical, spatial, and technical data and information relating to the Upper Mississippi River System.

Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change.

Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands.

Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service— "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."

State Agencies

"We will work with people to manage the state's diverse natural resources for a sustainable quality of life."

To protect and enhance our natural resources: our air, land and water; our wildlife, fish and forests and the ecosystems that sustain all life. To provide a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities. To ensure the right of all people to use and enjoy these resources in their work and leisure. To work with people to understand each other's views and to carry out the public will. And in this partnership consider the future and generations to follow.

The Iowa DNR mission is to manage, protect, conserve, and develop Iowa's natural resources in cooperation with other public and private organizations and individuals, so that the quality of life for Iowans is significantly enhanced by the use, enjoyment and understanding of those resources.

The mission of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is to promote an appreciation of the state's natural resources and work with the people of Illinois to protect and manage those resources to ensure a high quality of life for present and future generations.

Since 1937, the Missouri Department of Conservation has been working to control, manage, restore, conserve and regulate the bird, fish, game, forests and all other wild resources in the state. Our goal is to create healthy, sustainable plant and animal communities well into the future.

Non-Government Organization

Founded in 1973, American Rivers is North America's leading national river-saving organization. Our mission is to preserve and restore America's river systems and to foster a river stewardship ethic.

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world's oldest & largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, & conserving fisheries resources.

Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

We've protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. 

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Great Rivers Partnership

MRRC is a private, non-profit organization supported by its members and by cooperating agencies, institutions, and corporations. Membership is open to all interested parties. MRRC members want to encourage both pure and applied research on the water and land resources of the Mississippi River and its watershed.

Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) is a regional, non-profit land trust based in La Crosse that has permanently conserved more than 11,700 acres of blufflands, prairies, wetlands, and streams in southwestern Wisconsin since its founding in 1997. MVC works with private landowners and local communities on voluntary conservation projects in seven counties along the Mississippi River.

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a nonprofit and public education organization that seeks to enhance the region's economic vitality and environmental quality. It conducts research, develops public policies, provides technical assistance, sponsors regional conferences, and distributes publications.

Welcome to the Mississippi River Home Page! Enjoy our Mississippi River travel and educational resources. We hope you'll visit many times!

The Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) is a multi-state organization which works collectively to preserve, promote, and enhance the scenic, historic, and recreational resources of the Mississippi River, to foster economic growth in the corridor, and to develop the national, scenic and historic parkway known as the Great River Road.

Prairie Rivers Network is Illinois' only statewide river protection nonprofit. PRN promotes the preservation of pristine rivers, the restoration of polluted rivers, and protection of drinking water, native fish and riverside wildlife, with the goal of safeguarding resources for future generations.

The monthly newsletter of the Upper Mississippi

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 nearly 270 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.

NRDC creates solutions for lasting environmental change, protecting natural resources in the United States and across the globe.

The Wildlife Society is dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewarship through science and education. Also publishes The Wildlifer (a bimonthly publication of record).

Reserach & Education

The Iowa Cooperative Research Unit provides administrative support and guidance for cooperative programs of research and education relating to fisheries and wildlife biology and management and to natural resource conservation.

The CNR at UWSP concentrates on the studies of Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Paper Science & Engineering, Soil & Waste Resources, Water Resources & Fisheries, and Wildlife Management.

The Illinois State Water Survey, a division of the IL DNR, is the primary agency concerned with water and atmospheric resources. Water Survey research and service programs assess and evaluate the quantity, quality, and use of ground, surface, and atmospheric water resources in the state.

INHS - Since 1858, the Illinois Natural History Survey has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois.

EPA's new Adopt Your Watershed campaign inviting citizens and organizations to join grassroots efforts already working hard to protect and restore the nation's valuable water resources. Nationwide catalog of organizations active in local watershed issues.

A database including dam location, condition, maintenance, and inspection reports.

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to: 
-stimulate sound ecological research;
-clarify and communicate the science of ecology; -promote the responsible application of ecological knowledge to public issues.

Our mission is to protect and conserve avian populations through research, education and advocacy.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a leading content provider (reports, articles, technical assistance & development of computer databases & internet resources) for public interest groups & concerned citizens who are campaigning to protect the environment.

Other Mississippi River Organizations

The Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee is an organization of 9 member states dedicated to the wise utilization and conservation of the lower Mississippi River.

MICRA is an organization of 28 states formed in 1991 to improve interjurisdictional river resource management in the Mississippi River Basin.

Friends Groups

Protect, enhance and restore our aquatic resources by serving as volunteers and partners with the USFWS, provide education about these resources for our citizens, advocate for government policies that will support aquatic resources, & increase awareness of threats to the health of the Upper Mississippi fisheries.

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The mission of Friends of Pool 9, Upper Mississippi Refuge, Inc. is to provide unique, fun, & educational experiences for it’s members. The experiences come through volunteer efforts & occur in a variety of ways.

A Friends group whose objectives are: enhance & preserve fish & wildlife habitat, increase public awareness & support of the refuge, advocate sound policy & adequate funding, provide educational opportunities, promote volunteerism & partnerships to assist refuge staff, assist the FWS in implementing refuge goals & objectives, encourage diversity of native species & habitat, & encourage responsible recreation.

Friends of the Mississippi River is a member supported non-profit whose mission is to protect and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in Minnesota's Twin Cities metropolitan area. Our efforts focus on improving water quality, conserving riverfront land and enhancing the historical and recreational values of this great natural wonder that flows through our community. 

The Friends of Trempealeau Refuge, Inc. is committed to providing an independent citizen voice for the protection, conservation, and enhancement of fish and wildlife and their habitats at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.  The Friends will promote public awareness and appreciation of the Refuge; foster thoughtful, appropriate, and compatible public use and enjoyment of Refuge lands; and support environmental education and interpretation programs that benefit citizens of all ages and abilities. The Friends of Trempealeau Refuge, Inc. is dedicated to building an independent organization, formed and managed by local citizens.