ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Nearly 20 mayors from cities along the Mississippi River will be in St. Louis for the next two days to talk about the impact of this year's drought and in a broader sense, the overall future of the river and it's sustainability.
There are more than 3 million residents that live in more than 120 cities and towns along the river. It's health and sustainability have a major impact on all of them.
This inaugural meeting of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative will bring together not only mayors from those cities, but key officials from the EPA, USDA, FEMA and the US Army Corps of Engineers, along with a host of other private non-government organizations with significant interest in the river's well-being.
The group will address issues of common concern including water quality, flooding and floodplain issues, river recreation, the economy and river culture and history.
The mayors are hoping to find a way to speak, with a unified voice, to Washington to get national attention back to the Mississippi.
The mayors plan to head to Capitol Hill to demand changes to flood insurance programs.