ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMOX) – Mayor Slay headed north Thursday to St. Cloud, Minnesota for a first-of-its kind roundtable with mayors who all have one thing in common — the Mississippi River.
More than twenty Mississippi River mayors have agreed to work together to deal with flooding, environmental problems and improving commerce on the river.
Mayor Slay is co-chair of what’s being called, “The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative”.
“The whole idea is to get small cities and large cities up and down the river to put together a comprehensive plane to sustain the river, or to preserve it in the long term,” says Slay.
He sees the potential for more commerce on the river in the St. Louis region.
One big topic will be how to take advantage of the planned widening of the Panama Canal so that Mississippi River ports can handle more shipping containers loaded with grain, coal and other goods being shipped to world markets.
Slay says the mayors will also push Congress for a coordinated approach to limit pollution, to fight invasive species such as the Asian Carp, and to deal with flooding on the Mississippi.