The Mississippi River Watershed is the fourth largest in the world. It is the third longest river in North America, flowing 2,350 miles from its source at Lake Itasca in Minnesota through the center of the continental United States to the Gulf of Mexico. 18 million people and 50 major cities rely on the Mississippi for their public water supply. It is home to 25% of all the fish species in North America. It is the major flyway for 40% of the nation’s migratory waterfowl and 60% of all North American birds. ASWM maintains an interest in wetlands along the Mississippi River and major climactic weather events, such as the flood in 2011 and the drought & hurricane in summer 2012. On these pages, please find articles and reports on the impacts of these events on wetlands, water resources and the Mississippi River.