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Protecting the sources of life and livelihoods
Improving water quality and restoring habitat

The Mississippi River watershed is the fourth-largest in the world, extending from the Allegheny Mountains in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west. It includes all or parts of 31 states and two Canadian provinces and covers about 40% of the lower 48 states. The watershed is dominated by agriculture and collectively makes up more than 90% of all U.S. agricultural exports. The river also provides drinking water for nearly 20 million people.

Our goal is to ensure improved water quality and restored habitat that benefits people and nature in the Mississippi River Basin—and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico—by reforming the incentives that drive water quality degradation and changing practices on 10 million acres of farmland.

We work to align policy and market incentives to encourage farmers to adopt practices that improve water quality, build soil health and reduce pollution across the basin, while continuing to meet the growing demand for food.

We focus our work in the:

  • Upper Mississippi River (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri)
  • Lower Mississippi River (Alluvial Valley, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi)
The Roots of Conservation
Roots of Conservation is a series of stories about the people working to address threats to water quality and soil health in the Mississippi River Basin.
Through 2020, we will work to:
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