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About the Mississippi River

Mississippi River at Night

Mississippi River at Night

The might Mississippi River is just outside of Tara’s doorstep. The River is wild, it’s massive, and it’s awe inspiring to site with amazement and watch as the muddy water of our Grand River flows along.

Maggie Bryant, Tara’s Founder, has been instrumental in the funding and support of Mississippi River conservation issues including grants to Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, a non-profit consortium of state and federal agencies dedicated to the improvement of the lower river.

  • The Mississippi River is our nation’s largest river and is the third longest in the world. It flows nearly 2,400 miles from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River drains 33 states and two Canadian provinces.
  • 241 species of fish, 50 mammal species, 37 species of mussels, and 45 amphibian species are found within the Mississippi River system.
  • Nearly 40 percent of North America’s waterfowl and 60 percent of all bird species in the United States migrate along the Mississippi River.

    Barge on the Mississippi River

    Barge on the Mississippi River

  • Historically, the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley encompassed approximately 25 million acres of seasonally flooded wetland habitat. Today, less than 2.5 million acres remain.
  • Recreational use and tourism associated with the Mississippi River account for more than $10 billion in annual revenues.
  • 12 million people live along the mainstream of the Mississippi River and generate more than $7 billion in agricultural and forest products and $429 billion in manufactured goods.
  • Each year, 505 million tons or $80-$114 Billion dollars of commerce flows down the Mississippi River.

Facts from Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee (LMRCC). For more info contact LMRCC at 601-629-6602 or online through http://www. lmrcc.org

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