The Mississippi River Forum is intended to increase coordination between a multidisciplinary group of practitioners and decision-makers who are not consistently aware that related work is being done by others. The Forum is also an opportunity for practitioners to connect their work to those in different
fields who also impact the quality of the river.
When water quality issues are widely discussed-not only with other engineers, other biologists, other researchers, other farmers, other urban planners, other legislators, etc.-the issues become clearer and more meaningful to a broader group of individuals and communities whose work all impacts the quality of the Mississippi River, both individually and cumulatively.
The Mississippi River Forum allows these distinct groups to create and participate in knowledgeable conversations with others, and to communicate others' needs back to members of their own discipline.
It is the goal of the Mississippi River Forum to ensure that those in the position of somehow impacting the quality of the river are sharing information, knowledge, lessons learned, and debate about how best to achieve a healthy Mississippi River.
Our Upstream Community: The Mississippi through St. Cloud
Sometimes there is great worth in stating the obvious: all water comes from somewhere and goes somewhere. In the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, all river water that hasn't arrived as rainfall or subsequent stormwater runoff has arrived from upstream (north) of the Twin Cities area. And as the corridor between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud continues to experience increased development, we are eager to ensure that future development upstream of the park occurs in ways that limit negative impacts on the river.
The park has reached out to communities and groups upstream of the park, through St. Cloud, to determine how we can work together to improve water quality within the Mississippi. We will continue to develop and strengthen these relationships in the upcoming months and look forward to sharing "lessons learned" and ideas for how to achieve a healthier Mississippi River with each other.