Stop Killing the Mississippi River With Pollution

Target: Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota

Goal: Clean up, and stop current and future pollution from entering the Mississippi River.

The pristine, clear Mississippi River flows from Lake Itasca towards the Twin Cities, but once it enters the metro area, it is no longer the same river flowing from that lake. The amount of industrial and agricultural pollution entering the Mississippi River once it enters the metro area is staggering, everything from fertilizers to toxic oil from machinery and ships. This is the same river that provides drinking water for over 1 million people. The lack of care put into keeping this river clean once it hits the city needs to be changed.

Even from a financial standpoint, the city would easily benefit from cleaning up this section of the river and preventing further pollution of it. The recreation possibilities are endless, not to mention the drinking water aspect, but this entire section of river is instead uninhabitable for aquatic life, let alone human use. If this is remedied, it not only will bring back much of the aquatic animals that once dwelt in the area, but help to provide a safe environment for humans as well.

The pollution of rivers is a huge problem facing our country. Many of these rivers are healthy at their source, then become more and more degraded as they travel towards and through metropolitan or agricultural areas. The effect of our activities on the ecosystem around us is inevitable, but we must attempt to mitigate our harmful effects for the sake of wildlife and future generations of people.

Sign this petition to make sure the Mississippi River gets cleaned up, and remains clean.


Dear Governor Dayton,

The Mississippi River is one of the greatest and most beautiful rivers in the United States, and this is because many parts still remain relatively clean in the absence of pollutants from human activity. Upon entering the Twin Cities Metro Area, however, the river becomes a polluted, lifeless, hazard for wildlife as well as human beings.

This part of the river needs to be cleaned up and protected from further pollution. Toxic substances from industry as well as agriculture pollute the river more and more every day. If the river was cleaned up, the recreational opportunities would be endless, and the aquatic wildlife would hopefully return to their former habitats.

Use your power as governor to protect this river and all those who rely on it. More than 1 million people already depend on the river for drinking water, and that number will only increase in time. Set an example for future administrations; show that the environment is important to your government, as well as to future generations.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michael Adams

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  1. Brenda Denno says:

    It’s a shame that the government has to be petitioned before they will clean up a river.

  2. every person who signs this petition should also stop eating meat and all animal products. there is a larger dead zone in the gulf of mexico from factory farms than from the BP oil spill. if you care about the environment, you’ll stop eating meat. and you protect the animals at the same time.

  3. Clean = increase in tourism = income for local people/businesses. Why is that so hard to understand?

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