History, Mission and Overview
The Upper Mississippi River Basin Task Force was created in 1997 to disseminate information and coordinate legislative efforts on areas of agreement for the benefit of the river basin. The Upper Mississippi River Basin Task Force is a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the seven Upper River Basin states - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Those members coordinate Congressional efforts to promote the restoration and vitality of the Upper Mississippi River and its communities.
The Task Force promotes the health and well-being of the region’s natural resources by organizing educational briefings, formulating joint responses to emergencies, coordinating legislative efforts, tracking legislation and the appropriations process, and promoting other initiatives. The Task Force identifies and coordinates efforts on issues of importance to the nearly 30 million people who rely on the Upper Mississippi River’s waters.
Co-chairs of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Task Force are Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI-3) and Tim Walz (D-MN-1). The Institute provides research and policy analysis to the Upper Mississippi River Basin Task Force through Policy Analyst Mark Gorman (
For more information about the Institute's work in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, please visit the Institute's River Basin web site. And for timely updates on River Basin news, policy, science and politics, visit these social media Internet sites: Northeast-Midwest Institute Mississippi River Basin Blog, Northeast-Midwest Institute Mississippi River Basin News Facebook Page, Twitter Feed (@NEMWIUpperMiss), Google+ page or Flickr (photo) Page.