Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk

An independent reporting collaborative from the Missouri School of Journalism
with Report for America and the Society of Environmental Journalists

We are a reporting network covering the Mississippi River basin. Any news outlet can publish our stories for free.

Agriculture, water, climate change and related environmental issues are complex. We’re here to help newsrooms cover the problems and potential solutions.

Where our journalists work

The Mississippi River and its tributaries drain the water from 42% of the continental United States into the Gulf of Mexico. As the nation’s largest watershed, this river system powers commerce, provides drinking water to millions and defines the character of a huge region. 

Our newsroom partners represent every mainstem Mississippi River state and more. Our journalists report on critical issues affecting the watershed from within these local communities.

Click on a marker on the map to learn more.