The Mississippi River is a complex and interconnected system. It has changed in many ways since its formation during the glacial retreat.
Understanding this system - and all its interconnections - has never been more important than it is today. Why? Because its health and well-being affect natural and human life in so many ways.

Barge Image

Both commerce and nature mingle along its length.It carries more river barges and cargo than ever before. At the same time, it is a major flyway for 40% of North America's migrating birds.

The purpose of this website is to help you increase your knowledge of and appreciation for the Mississippi River system. You will then be prepared to make wise decisions about its future.