Waters from across the great plains flow 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? How is unchecked waste seeping into poor communities of Kentucky, and how is grassroots organizing impacting these developments?
- Dan Daigle, Policy Manager at Mississippi River Network
Doug Daigle is policy manager for the Mississippi River Network, a non-profit coalition of groups working to protect and restore the health of the river. He has worked on the issue of Gulf Hypoxia for a number of years, forming the Lower Mississippi River Sub-basin Committee and the Louisiana Hypoxia Working Group, and as a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force.
- Jason Flicker, Lower Ohio River Waterkeeper
Jason Flickner has been organizing and advocating for environmental protection in Indiana and Kentucky for two decades. He has served as the development and conservation director for the Indiana Forest Alliance, and as water policy director for the Kentucky Waterways Alliance where he organized the first group of advocacy organizations opposing the Ohio River Valley Water and Sanitation Commision (ORSANCO) pollution control standard revisions on bacteria and mercury. Jason actively participates on ORSANCO’s Watershed Organizations Advisory Committee. He has also collaborated with the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago to lead litigation challenging EPA’s approval of Kentucky’s antidegradation procedures that entailed appealing individual and general permits for mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachia and western Kentucky pit coal mines. Jason has received EPA’s NPDES Permit Writer Training and Environmental System Research Institute ArcGIS certifications. He serves as president of the Knob and Valley Audubon Society and as an executive committee member for the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club. Jason has dedicated his life and career to protecting his friends, family, neighbors, and the public from some of the worst pollution in the U.S. by advocating for environmental protection in the Ohio River basin.
- Lyndsey Gilpin, Southerly, Founder and Editor in Chief
Lyndsey Gilpin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Southerly, an independent media organization about ecology, justice, and culture in the American South. Based in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky, Lyndsey is a reporter and editor who has covered climate change, energy, environmental justice all over the U.S. My work has appeared in Harper’s, Vice, The Daily Beast, CityLab, Undark, High Country News, FiveThirtyEight, The Washington Post, Hakai, The Atlantic, Grist, Outside, and InsideClimate News. Lyndsey earned my master’s degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.