SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' lieutenant governor is calling for a comprehensive approach to making the Mississippi River more sustainable.
Sheila Simon is a Carbondale Democrat. She made the statements Wednesday alongside government and environmental leaders in Washington for the Big River Works forum dedicated to the future of the Mississippi.
Simon says the best way to enhance sustainability is to build on existing public-private partnerships and develop a multi-state structure that allows for integration of the river's users.
The Big River Works Initiative has been working since 2012 to create a cooperative path forward for Mississippi watershed sustainability.
More than 400 participants have attended the leadership forums.