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The Missouri River Mainstem

From its beginning in Montana, the Missouri River winds its way south 2,500 miles to the Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis. The "Big Muddy" covers 524,000 square miles and encompasses all of Nebraska and portions of nine other states. The use of the river for electricity, recreation, navigation, fish and wildlife, irrigation, and industrial needs over several years has resulted in significant adverse changes, including:

The "MoInfo Link"

When stakeholders expressed the need for diverse, geographically comprehensive, accurate, and timely information about the Missouri River, EPA Region 7's Missouri River Team responded by creating "MoInfo Link." This centralized database and website provides detailed information on the Missouri River and its basin through a user-friendly, visual "mile-by-mile" marked system. By describing individual communities throughout the basin and identifying their concerns, the MoInfo Link will help communities set priorities and forge comprehensive solutions regarding environmental protection, human social needs, ecosystem health, and economic prosperity.

Manitou Bluffs Strategic Planning Effort

Manitou Bluffs, a stretch along the Missouri River, was devastated by both the 1993 and the 1995 floods. Concerns in this area, detailed in the MoInfo Link database and website, include impaired fisheries due to habitat loss, nutrient loadings from agriculture, and degradation from urban land uses. The nonprofit Missouri River Coalition Network is mobilizing diversely interested local citizens to develop a strategic plan for the Manitou Bluffs watershed. The goal is to bring all parties together to ensure a protected, preserved, and economically viable future for this regional treasure.

EPA Region 7's Missouri River Project Partners:

Geographical Information

Species of Interest

Changes to the Missouri have had drastic impacts on river wildlife. Declining species include sturgeon, paddlefish, chubs, minnows, catfish, bigmouth buffalo, least tern, piping plover, bald eagle, and other raptors.

Missouri River Facts

Related Websites

Missouri River Basin Association Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Missouri River InfoLINK Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
Missouri River Communities Network Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

EPA Region 7 Contact

Kathleen L. Fenton
CARE Program Manager
(913) 551-7874
fenton.kathleen@epa.gov


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