Mississippi mayors sign memorandum

Mayor Russ Loven joined over 50 river mayors making efforts to work with the Mississippi River Commission to make the river's economy and ecology more sustainable. (Press photo by Molly Moser)


By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven participated in a signing ceremony aboard the MV Mississippi at River's Edge Plaza in Dubuque on Aug. 13. The signing ceremony celebrated a memorandum of common purpose between the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) and the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI). Mayors from Dubuque and Clinton were also present to sign this memorandum on behalf of the MRCTI. 

The MRCTI is a mayoral-led effort comprised of 58 of 112 river mayors (thus far) committed to creating a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River. Loven and mayors from smaller towns will meet alongside mayors of cities like Memphis, Tenn., and St. Louis, Mo., to develop priorities for making the river’s ecology and economy more sustainable. These priorities include improving water quality, encouraging the creation of a draught policy action plan, addressing aquatic invasive species, preserving programs for hazard planning, and fostering the newly formed Congressional Mississippi River Caucus.

Continued in the pages of The Guttenberg Press

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