Enforce Floodplain Laws to Protect People and Wildlife
The Upper Mississippi River is threatened by levees that are being raised without required permits and approvals. Several levee districts on the Upper Mississippi River have acted outside of the law in increasing the heights of their levees to the detriment of neighboring communities and the environment.
As a result, downstream communities that cannot afford to raise their levees are at the mercy of the aggravated flooding that results from rogue actors who build their levees higher and higher— disregarding the law and the real consequences for neighboring communities. Failure to come into compliance ignores clear requirements to study, identify and start to reverse the ongoing damages to the Upper Mississippi River ecosystem that have been caused by floodplain disconnection. The catastrophic flooding threats posed by these actions are real and are getting worse in the face of climate change.
Flood control on the Upper Mississippi River is being dictated by a select few who are acting without regard to the needs of other people or nature. To date, state and federal agencies are doing nothing to stop them.
Please help us protect river communities and wildlife habitat by telling these agencies that you want them to enforce the levee law and take corrective action on illegal levee raises.