Mississippi River Organizations

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Nonprofits on the river

We've featured several nonprofit groups working on the river in Big River Magazine. Here are links to their websites, and many others as well.

Up and Down the River

Mississippi Headwaters Board  Protecting the first 400 miles of the Mississippi

Friends of the Mississippi River   A citizen organization working to protect and enhance the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area.

Friends of Pool 2 — A grassroots organization that works to enhance the recreational river experience, promote the sustainable and safe enjoyment of the Mississippi River, advocate for informed and conscientious river governance and empower its river citizenry by offering them a voice in decisions that impact the Mississippi River Pool 2 Community. Newport, Minn.

Mississippi Park Connection  Strengthening the connection between people and the Mississippi River and building community support for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a national park.

Great River Greening   Volunteers restore natural areas in the Twin Cities region.

Prairie Enthusiasts

Brice Prairie Conservation Association46-year-old conservation group, mostly working on Pool 7 of the Upper Mississippi River, the Black River and Lake Onalaska

Red Wing Conservation Club

River Action Citizen action group in the Quad Cities (Iowa and Illinois)

Living Lands & Waters   Chad Pregracke and his crew help clean up the Mississippi and educate others. Check out this site - lots going on!

Mississippi River Network A coalition of 49 non-profit organizations

1 Mississippi

Conservation Foundations and Land Trusts

Mississippi Valley Conservancy

Minnesota Land Trust

Trust for Public Land

Wisconsin Gathering Waters Conservancy

West Wisconsin Land Trust

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (Ilinois)

Natural Land Institute (N. Illinois)

Great Rivers Land Trust (Illinois and Missouri)

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Friends Groups

Friends of the Upper Mississippi

Friends of Pools 7 & 8 (Facebook)

Friends of Pool 9 — McGregor District

Friends of Pool 10 — McGregor District

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge —Savanna District

Sierra Clubs

North Star (Twin Cities)

Coulee Region (La Crosse, Wis., area)

White Pine Group (Dubuque)

Eagle View Group (Northwest Illinois and Eastern Iowa)

Ilinois Chapter

Audubon groups


Coulee Region (La Crosse, Wis.)



St. Paul

Quad Cities

Rochester, Minn.

The Nature Conservancy and the Upper Mississippi

Minnesota   Iowa   Great Rivers Partnership

Izaak Walton League

Minnesota Division

"Your Mississippi" Upper Mississippi River film (3:44)

Walter J. Breckenridge Chapter - Brooklyn Park

Wapashaw — Wabasha, Minn.

Will Dilg — Winona, Minn. (Facebook)

Clinton County, Iowa

National Organizations and more River Groups

American Rivers - nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America's rivers.

Center for Watershed Protection - non-profit corporation that provides local governments, activists and watershed organizations with the technical tools for protecting streams, lakes and rivers

Clean Water Network - alliance of over 1,200 organizations working to strengthen the Clean Water Act

International Rivers Network - dedicated to preserving and restoring the world's rivers

Midwest Environmental Advocates - environmental law center in Wisconsin, providing legal and technical support to grassroots groups

Mississippi Valley Partners - towns on both the Wisconsin and Minnesota sides of Lake Pepin

National Audubon Society - environmental news, resources, travel, local chapters, membership information

National Eagle Center - Wabasha, Minn., bald eagle interpretive center, with programs, exhibits, observation deck and cage-free eagle viewing room

Natural Resources Defense Council - this administration's actions on environmental issues

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility - (PEER)

River Alliance of Wisconsin - non-profit, non-partisan group advocates for the protection, enhancement and restoration of Wisconsin rivers and watersheds.

River Network - national organization helping groups and communities protect and restore rivers and watersheds

Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources (formerly Teaming With Wildlife)

Friends of the Chicago River


Do you know of any groups that we could add? Or looking for something you can't find? Let us know. Thanks! (Be sure to check other link categories in the left-hand column on this page.)


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