Mississippi RiverThe 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.



10 Fundamental Questions about the Mississippi River Delta
By the Mississippi River Delta Science & Engineering Special Team – National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund & National Wildlife Federation – April 2012

The effects of 2011 OH & MS river valley flooding on Cairo, IL, area
By Kenneth R. Olson and Lois Wright Morton – Journal of Soil and Water Conservation – March/April 2012

Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s Coastal Master Plans and Annual Reports

Mississippi River Commission: 2011 MR&T Flood Report -September 9, 2011


Photos of Mississippi River Flooding

Federal Agency Links

Organizations Working on Mississippi River & Wetlands Issues