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Mississippi River Flooding

Teaming Up to Rise Above the Tide

Nearly 70 percent of our planet is covered in water. Our own bodies are 60 percent water. It is essential to our survival. But, it can also be a force to be reckoned with. © Robert J. Hurt

During the past several weeks, our country has witnessed water’s brute force along the Mississippi River basin. © David Lee

The recent flooding has displaced thousands of people, washing away their family heirlooms and photos and demolishing their homes and businesses. © David Lee

Our hearts here at The Nature Conservancy go out to everyone suffering in the path of this massive flood. We too have deep roots in the Mississippi River basin, with projects from the headwaters all the way to the Gulf. © David Lee

These high floodwaters have also impacted wildlife, pushing some from their native habitat and introducing pollutants. However, some fish may benefit from the expansion of riverine habitat. © Flickr user lagohsep

Looking forward, we must challenge ourselves to carry on this sense of community and reflect on what has worked and what can be done better. Floods are more frequent and severe and demanding more from us. © David Lee

This flood has made it clear we cannot solely rely on levees for flood protection; it has demonstrated that floodplains—low lying areas along a river—help reduce flood risk. © Mark Godfrey

The Conservancy is working closely with partners to restore and reconnect natural floodplains for nature and people, recognizing the interdependence between our economy, well-being and environment. © David Lee

We have on-the-ground solutions throughout the Mississippi River basin, including sites like the Emiquon Preserve and Mollicy Farms, where old farm fields are being restored to functional floodplains. © Byron Jorjorian

We’re reaching out to governors and public and private interest groups, encouraging them to collectively articulate a vision for the river that integrates social and environmental needs and is embraced in Washington. © David Lee

In places like the Mackinaw River watershed, we’re using technology to incorporate wetlands into farming practices so we can pace water drainage and lower the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous entering waterways. © Tim Lindenbaum/TNC

Water is all around us, within us and both nature and people need it to survive. The Mississippi River is an essential resource that drains 31 states and provides jobs, recreation and wildlife habitat. Let’s work together to protect it. © Robert J. Hurt

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