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America’s Watershed Initiative (AWI) is a collaboration working with hundreds of business, government, academic, and civic organizations to find solutions for the challenges of managing the Mississippi River and the more than 250 rivers that flow into it.
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2020 Mississippi River Watershed Report Card

Only by working together—coordinated, focused and for the long term—will we make meaningful progress to raise the grades for America’s Watershed, for our future, and for our children’s future.

Our heartland rivers comprise the Mississippi River Watershed – America’s Watershed – a vital river system that provides drinking water, recreation, habitat, and serves as an economic engine for America.

Every five years, the Mississippi River Watershed Report Card grades the state of the watershed, identifying critical areas for improvement and many opportunities to improve our economy and secure our water supplies.

In 2020, the Mississippi River Watershed received a grade of C-.

Working together, we can find solutions for improving water quality and quantity, safety, and the health of America’s Watershed.

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