U.S. Representative Ron Kind unveiled a comprehensive plan earlier this week to restore failing river infrastructure systems and protect the Mississippi River for generations to come.
The plan was created in collaboration with Kind’s River Advisory Board, which includes ecologists, conservation advocates, sportsmen, and river agency representatives.
“The Mississippi River shapes Wisconsin’s environment and local economy,” said Representative Kind.
“We need to take proactive steps to support the river and the jobs and quality of life it brings our river towns. After working together with my River Advisory Board, I am proud to unveil a comprehensive plan that will help restore our outdated river infrastructure and protect the Mississippi for generations to come.”
Kind’s Mississippi River Action Plan consists of four main components:
- Repairing the river’s aging locks and dams;
- Protecting the Mississippi by promoting a strong Conservation Title in the Farm Bill;
- Restoring the river through the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program;
- Creating jobs by supporting recreation, tourism and navigation.