Washington, D.C. - Recently, in a show of overwhelming support for Congresswoman Betty McCollum's (D-MN) efforts to preserve the Mississippi River, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 326 - 79 to pass the America's Historical and Natural Legacy Study Act (H.R. 3998). Strong bipartisan vote is first step toward long-term preservation of America's greatest waterway
Washington, D.C. - Recently, in a show of overwhelming support for Congresswoman Betty McCollum's (D-MN) efforts to preserve the Mississippi River, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 326 - 79 to pass the America's Historical and Natural Legacy Study Act (H.R. 3998).
H.R. 3998 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to conduct "special resource studies" on the future preservation, use, and management of some of America's most treasured natural spaces - including the entire Mississippi River corridor from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. In May of this year, Rep. McCollum introduced the initial legislation calling for this study as the Mississippi River Special Resource Study Act (H.R. 2482).
"This vote is the first step toward preserving a living American treasure," Rep. McCollum said today. "The House of Representatives acted strongly to protect and expand the environmental, cultural and economic value the Mississippi River."
The America's Historical and Natural Legacy Study Act directs the National Park Service to develop strategies for the long-term preservation of the Mississippi River in partnership with local governments, non-profit organizations and other entities along the ten-state river corridor from Minnesota to Louisiana. Options include incorporating part or all of the corridor into the U.S. National Parks System.
This study will help preserve the river's natural treasures, support tourism by coordinating public and private amenities along the river, and recognize its immense historical and cultural value to our nation. Despite the Mississippi River's central place in the American experience, no comprehensive study on preserving the entire river corridor has ever been conducted.
Along with McCollum, Minnesota Reps. Ellison, Oberstar, Peterson, Ramstad, and Walz voted in favor of the bill. The next step is for the Senate to act on companion legislation.