River Action, the Nature Conservancy, and Western Illinois University and many other great sponsors are hosting the 2016 Upper Mississippi River Conference, October 13-14.   This annual conference targets a multidisciplinary audience.  Planners, elected officials, engineers, architects, landscape architects, environmentalists, educators, students, and other river and watershed stakeholders are invited to discuss current issues surrounding the Upper Mississippi. 

Conference details can be found at  In response to the recently  released “ Report Card for the Mississippi River Watershed” produced by America’s Watershed Initiative, this year’s conference will focus on “Raising the Grade”.  With a D+ in the overall watershed and a C in the Upper Miss. Basin, the region faces many challenges.