Upper Riparian Pollution Control

Water from across the Great Plains flows down the Mississippi River and out past New Orleans.  Lower riparian states like Louisiana are often helpless to control the pollutants that flow from factories, plants, and farms up north.  How are new groups like the Mississippi River Cities and Towns initiative (MRCTI) trying to solve this issue?  What troubles are facing existing cooperatives in tributaries like the Ohio River Water Valley Sanitation Commission and lesser organized areas along the Kentucky and Tennessee River?


  • Collin Wellenkamp, MS River Cities & Towns Initiative  

Colin Wellenkamp’s extensive career in the legal and policy fields has been focused on advocating and advancing public interests through improving local government functions and the activity of the business world. Mr. Wellenkamp is dedicated to assisting organizations and people transition to a sustainable way of life. Colin has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Saint Louis University, a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Sustainable Development Law from George Washington University Law School.


  • Jason Flickner, Lower Ohio River Waterkeeper 


  • Lyndsey Gilpin, Southerly 


  • Matt Rata, Healthy Gulf, Senior Policy Director