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updated: 6/12/2014 10:04 AM

Lt. Gov. Simon calls for Mississippi action plan

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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.

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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.

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