St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and mayors from more than 20 cities along the Mississippi River announced a new partnership and plans aimed at improving the river’s economic viability at an annual mayors gathering.
The Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, a St. Louis-based organization comprised of 70 mayors from towns along the Mississippi River, announced it was partnering with Walmart Stores Inc. to advocate for better clean water practices, including developing better nutrient management. Twenty million people and 50 cities use the Mississippi River for potable water, according to officials.
Officials at the meeting, in Natchez, Miss., also announced their efforts to boost freight on the river after helping to secure $5 million in funding for a marine highway program. One project the mayors organization supported earlier this summer was to ease congestion of containers on the river.
Officials also announced the creation of a “Geotourism MapGuide” website with National Geographic that highlights historic and natural landmarks, attractions and other points of interests along the Mississippi River.
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