The communities that border the Mississippi River are coming together to raise a collective voice about issues facing cities and states along the river. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative is an organization that addresses matters of mutual concern such as river water quality, habitat restoration, river-focused recreation and sustainable economies and celebrations of river culture and history. Mayors spoke at a press conference announcing the initiative on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
The groups executive committee consists of one mayor from each of the ten states touched by the river, including Alton's Tom Hoechst and Grafton's Tom Thompson. One goal is to allow the states to not only work together in resolving issues, but that it will also give them a chance to give these state's a stronger voice in Washington. Water quality, floodplain management and pollution from agriculture and outdated stormwater systems are just a few of the topics that align work of the MRN and the Mayors Initiative. The group met for the first time last June via a conference call.