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American Rivers
American Rivers is a national conservation organization committed to protecting and restoring America's rivers. This national organization provides support to local and regional conservation efforts, monitors flood control, hydropower policy reform, and endangered species protection legislation.

Big River
This bi-monthly magazine publishes news, features and information about people, activities, wildlife and history on the Upper Mississippi River from St. Cloud, Minn., to Davenport, Iowa.

Friends of the Mississippi River
Twin Cities based Friends of the Mississippi River is a citizen organization dedicated to preserving and protecting water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities along the Mississippi in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.

Midwest Area River Coalition
This association of agricultural, industrial, shippers, carriers, environmental and government interests seeks to raise awareness of and political support for Lock and Dam replacement needs, promote Midwest economic growth, and maintain a strong competitive presence in the world marketplace.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
The DNR's Mississippi River Critical Area Program, in cooperation with the National Park Service provides planning and management for 72 miles of the Mississippi River, portions of the Minnesota River, and adjacent corridor lands.

Minnesota Department of Transportation
The Ports and Waterways section of the MnDot Office of Freight Railroads& Waterways works to implement the effective development and operation of the state's inland river transportation systems.

Minnesota Historical Society
As part of its Shipwreck Exhibit, the Minnesota Historical society presents this History of Inland Water Transportation in Minnesota.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
The MPCA is working with people to clean up the Minnesota River. On this site you will find information on the river itself, its watersheds, pollutants, and some of the efforts underway to clean it up.

Mississippi Headwaters Board
The Mississippi Headwaters board was formed in 1980 to enhance and protect the first 400 miles of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. This site details MHB's efforts to preserve the quality of the headwaters region through river monitoring programs, workshops and volunteer participation.

Mississippi River Basin Alliance
The Mississippi River Basin Alliance brings together environmental justice groups with traditional conservation groups to work toward greater protection for the ecological, economic, cultural, historic and recreational resources along the Mississippi river.

Mississippi River Parkway Commission
The MRPC promotes and develops highway projects along the 3,000 mile network of roads along the Mississippi River collectively known as the Great River Road. This site features maps, calendar of events, and links to ten Mississippi River states.

Mississippi River Research Consortium
MRRC promotes organized research efforts on the Mississippi River, establishing and encouraging communication among river scientists, the wider scientific community, and the public.

National Park Service
This National Park Service website provides information on recreation, education and volunteer activities in the Mississippi National River Recreation Area, which extends from Dayton, MN through the Twin Cities and downstream to Hastings, MN.
A companion to the printed publication The Riverview Times, includes feature stories, trivia, art images and the online River Book Store.

Sierra Club
The Critical Ecoregions Program details the Sierra Club's mission to restore the envirnomental health of the Mississippi River system.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activities in the Mississippi Valley include flood control, improvement for navigation, and bank stabilization.

U.S. Geological Survey
This report, compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Resources Division provides information about the condition and management of major U.S. ecosystems.

University of Minnesota
This web site for the Upper Mississippi River Basin in Minnesota provides information on the landscape, landuse water quality, and agroecoregion management zones in the Uppper Mississipi River area of eastcentral Minnesota.