Alton Mayor Brant Walker holds the Mississippi River proclamation, surrounded by representatives of the Mississippi River Network and the Sierra Club.
The Mississippi River is truly America’s River — a critical source of water for 18 million people, a diverse habitat for wildlife, the backbone of the economy and a rich part of the nation’s heritage.
However, the river is also facing challenges, like harmful algal blooms and the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and catastrophic flooding.
Mayor Brant Walker and the city of Alton publicly recognized the importance of a healthy river through the passage of a proclamation endorsing policies and practices that help ensure the future vibrancy of the Mississippi, while also promoting sustainable, nonstructural solutions to the challenges facing the river and communities along it.
To build support for programs that protect and restore the river and its floodplain, the Mississippi River Network and the Sierra Club, in partnership with the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, is partnering with communities and their elected leaders to develop proclamations voicing their support for tools, such as green infrastructure, that work with nature to improve the health of the river system and ensure the future vibrancy of river communities.