Freshwater Biodiversity of the Upper Mississippi River Basin
Report Identifies Regional Conservation Priorities
The Upper Mississippi River Basin is a national and natural treasure, the crown of one of the world's major river systems in terms of its size, its variety of aquatic systems, and its diversity of species.
Conservation Priorities for Freshwater Biodiversity in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, the first-ever comprehensive study of the freshwater ecosystems of the entire Upper Mississippi, identifies 47 sites in seven states as the highest priority areas for conservation in the region. This joint assessment by NatureServe and The Nature Conservancy also identifies the 22 areas of highest significance for the region's freshwater biodiversity.
The two-year study highlights the most important places within the Upper Mississippi's vast network of rivers and streams that should be protected to ensure the ecological health of these waters, and the survival of the basin's fish, mussels, crayfish and other aquatic species. These results make the report a key resource that will drive conservation planning and action by conservation groups and state and federal agencies throughout the basin.
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