River Health Watch
The Mississippi River's Headwaters Area
Our Mississippi covers much more than the river itself. We’re looking at the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to the Twin Cities, the surrounding lands and waters, and four major tributaries —the Rum, Pine, Sauk and Crow Wing rivers. In all, the Mississippi River’s headwaters area covers about a quarter of the state’s geography and provides drinking water for almost half of the state’s population.
Healthy river. Healthy communities.
Layered into all the threats facing our mighty river is the human impact. We know that protecting natural lands protects our water. We also know that it protects the health of our communities through benefits like cleaner air, cleaner drinking water and carbon sequestration that helps us guard against the worst effects of climate change.
Put simply: investments in water conservation are investments in ourselves, our communities and our state as a whole.