Will activists dominate Miss. River Watershed meet?
Dan Mecklenborg, senior vice president and chief legal officer at Ingram Barge Compnay, said, “One of the goals of AGWI is to create a unified voice for the Mississippi River watershed. Such a voice could be powerful and address issues that cross city, state and even national boundaries—issues like energy, transportation, water quality, flood control, infrastructure, recreation and floodplain management. And such a voice could help build recognition among regional and national leaders about the importance of this river system and the need for its integrated management.”
Individuals on the AGWI Steering Committee represent the Mississippi River Commission, the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, America’s Wetland, the City of Dubuque, Iowa, The Nature Conservancy, America’s Wetland Foundation, Caterpillar, Inc., Ingram Barge Company, and the Iowa Soybean Association.
Previous concerns about nutrient runoff still makes it appear the biggest impact of anything that will come from AGWI appears to be against farmers and ranchers. Only one steering committee representative has strong ties to farmers.