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Americas Watershed Initiative

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The main objective of this initiative is to search for creating as well as executing a precise vision based on partnership and equally advantageous outcomes in comparison to single-purpose advocacy. America’s Watershed also seeks to link and expand these efforts, creating a broader partnership that can serve as a unified voice for the whole system, and support the effective resolution of issues that span multiple regions—issues such as energy, transportation, and water quality and floodplain management. Mississippi River: Historical and Economic Significance The Mississippi River is the major and the largest river of the United States. The Mississippi River, often mentioned as the Mighty Mississippi, originates as a small stream rolling out of Lake Itasca in Minnesota and, flowing down 2,340 miles later, empties into the Gulf of Mexico. By simply its huge length and its positioning, it is considered as nation’s most important assets. In its entire path, the river is covering forty-one percent of the forty-eight adjoining areas of the United States. the entire route of this river is across the heart of the nation. This massive river system covers near about 1,260,000 square miles, making it the principal drainage basin if one considers the same in terms of the area enclosed in North America and in terms of area, covered it is the third largest in the world. (Great river partnership, 2012) The conventional path of the Mississippi River has headwaters expanding at Lake Itasca, Minnesota and flows approximately 2,340 miles (3,765 km). The lengthiest share of the river comprises of the Missouri River which runs almost 2,540 miles (4,088 km) before coming in touch with the Mississippi near its middle point at the North of the city of St Louis. The total length of the river, which includes the Missouri River conjoined with the main stem Mississippi River, is 3,902 miles (6,310 km). (Hogan, 2012)