Who we are
Recognizing the value of inter-league cooperation, the boards of the Dubuque, Jo Daviess County, Cedar Rapids and La Crosse Leagues began meeting to develop and organize an Upper Mississippi River Region ILO to deal with Mississippi River Region issues. From this work, the UMRR ILO was born, incorporated on October 24, 2015. For more information, check our "About Us" page here.
Our work focuses on nutrient pollution reduction and impacting the rate of climate change. We are concerned about both surface and ground water in the Upper Mississippi Basin, both for the environment and human health.
Some issues are best understood and dealt with on a regional level that transcends political boundaries. That’s especially true for water issues. What goes into the Upper Mississippi River is determined by decisions, actions, and choices made in a very large area. The UMRR ILO is made up of 58 local Leagues and four state Leagues in the Upper Mississippi River watershed, from the Headwaters in Itasca State Park, Minnesota, to Cairo, Illinois, where the Ohio River enters the Mississippi. We are a 501(c)3 organization incorporated in Wisconsin.
How is LWV UMRR different as an organization? What is our niche in the environmental nonprofit world? Here are thoughts from and LWV UMRR organizer, Bonnie Cox from LWV Jo Daviess County (IL), about what makes us different.
The headwaters of the Mississippi River are found in northern Minnesota, in Itasca State Park. This beautiful park is wondrous in the summer but pretty darned nice all year 'round.