Missouri’s state slogan is “where the rivers run” for good reason. Our state boasts over 180,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Mighty Mississippi River runs from North to South on our Eastern border while the Missouri River runs through the heart of our state. The clear, spring-fed waters of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) in southeastern Missouri are America’s first-ever nationally protected “scenic riverway.” Protecting the health of our rivers and ensuring access to these natural gems are at the core of MCE’s water program. From advocating for a protective Roads and Trails plan for the ONSR’s Roads and Trails to coordinating the Lower Missouri River Coalition to addressing nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River basin, MCE protects rivers and streams so they may continue to run free and healthy for generations to come.