Water is essential for all life on Earth. As pressures on our freshwater resources increase, it becomes critically important to secure adequate drinking water, manage floods, and keep our waters healthy for native species.
Missouri’s natural heritage includes a vast system of waterways from prairie streams to Ozark rivers to the mighty Mississippi.
How We Work
The Conservancy takes a comprehensive approach to freshwater challenges: we look at entire systems so we can develop long-term solutions that meet the needs of nature and people. We support healthy forests to keep soil in place and riverbanks secure. We reconnect rivers to floodplains to reduce flood impact and support native species. We work with private landowners to prevent erosion through projects like improved cattle crossings and restored riverbanks, which benefit the landowner and improve water quality.
By the Numbers
29: Partners working to protect the Meramec River - See the Meramec River Conservation Action Plan
60: Percent of North American bird species that use the Mississippi River as a migratory corridor
2/3: Proportion of the world’s population predicted to face water shortages by 2025
18,000,000: People who get their drinking water from the Mississippi River
Focus on Freshwater
The Conservancy, the Nine Network of Public Media, Magnificent Missouri, and more than 20 organizations committed to conservation have joined together to raise awareness and understanding of how our water is connected to people, lands, and economies. "Water Matters" focuses on why our water resources are so important and what individuals can do to protect the health of our water.
Watch segments on issues from sewers and gardens to flooding, or watch an episode of Stay Tuned to hear a discussion around the connection between healthy water, healthy land, and our region's economy. Join the discussion: #WaterMattersSTL.