The Goals

America’s Watershed Initiative worked with a variety of river users and stakeholders to identify six broad goals for the Mississippi River Watershed. The goals are the key foundation for the Report Card. Indicators were identified for each goal using feedback from stakeholders at the basin workshops.



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Kid drinking water

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Photo Credit: Byron Jorjorian

Coastal wetlands and coastal hypoxia (below) are whole-watershed indicators that provide critical information about the Mississippi River Watershed that are larger than individual basins and are not related to a single goal area, but that convey important information about the health of the overall watershed. Coastal wetlands and the coastal hypoxic or “dead” zone were selected for the Report Card with feedback from stakeholders from throughout the watershed.

Coastal Wetlands

coastal-wetlandsThe Report Card includes watershed-scale data pertaining to coastal wetlands.

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Coastal Hypoxia

coastal-hypoxiaThe Report Card includes watershed-scale data pertaining to hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The chart at right provides an overview of all grades provided in the Report Card.


The AWI Report Card was developed over two years with significant amount of information and feedback from hundreds of experts and stakeholders throughout the watershed and nation. View a comprehensive Report Card technical paper that includes data sources, calculations and analysis.