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In 2014, across all of our program areas, we worked to bring people together to help advance our mission and goals and to creat real-world, concrete impact. Using measurable data, we look back on the results of our mission-driven efforts to unite those we serve.
Friends of the Mississippi River;
The "State of the River Report" highlights 13 key indicators of river health, and details the results in way that non-scientists can understand. The report provides a current snapshot, as well as history and trends, of factors affecting the health of the river and solutions to help protect and improve the metro portion of the Mississippi River.
By presenting clear and concise information on important factors of water quality and river health, the State of the River Report offers readers the opportunity to learn more about this resource and contribute to its protection and restoration.
The 2008 National Research Council (NRC) report, Mississippi RiverWater Quality and the CleanWater Act: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities, was initiated and funded by The McKnight Foundation to answer key questions about the state and federal responsibilities along the 10-state river corridor. The report is thorough in its analysis and offers compelling recommendations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S.Department of Agriculture, and state agencies. This User's Guide was created by The McKnight Foundation's Environment Program as a resource for utilizing the NRC's important and substantive report.
In 2004, McKnight hired Headwaters Group Philanthropic Services, LLC, (Headwaters) to research and assess water quality issues on the Mississippi River. In an iterative process that included a literature review and confidential interviews with 19 state and federal agencies and 24 nonprofits (Appendix A), Headwaters: Assessed water quality tracking data that could possibly be used as a tool for measuring progress in water quality efforts.Identified successful strategies for improving water quality or its precursor conditions.Identified systemic challenges to improving water quality on the mainstem of the River.Highlighted inter- and intra-state inconsistencies in the application of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and associated regulations. The results of these efforts are summarized in the following findings: 1. Water quality tracking data cannot adequately measure progress. 2. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) fails to address interstate inconsistencies and shortcomings. 3. CWA focus misses critical pollutant sources and remedies. 4. Lack of coordinated, strategic water quality focus by Mississippi River institutions.