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Mississippi River Gets Poor Grade

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Mississippi River Gets Poor Grade

St. Louis, MO (KTRS)  The mighty Mississippi River isn’t making the grade. That’s according to the group “America’s Watershed Initiative,” which is giving the Mississippi a D+ on its first ever report card. The grade is based on the categories of  pollution, the abundance of clean water, flood control and risk, ecosystem health, the economy and […]

Mississippi River Gets Poor Grade

St. Louis, MO (KTRS)  The mighty Mississippi River isn’t making the grade.

That’s according to the group “America’s Watershed Initiative,” which is giving the Mississippi a D+ on its first ever report card. The grade is based on the categories of  pollution, the abundance of clean water, flood control and risk, ecosystem health, the economy and recreation.

The category of biggest concern was the condition of infrastructure such as locks and dams. The group, which includes representatives from business, nonprofits and the public sector with expertise in river and conservation issues, found the aging infrastructure weakens the ability to move and export food and goods.

The basin includes the Mississippi River and its tributaries, including other big rivers like the Missouri and Ohio.

More information about the report is available online at www.americaswater.wpengine.com.

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