Early settlers built their towns along the river, since the river was the chief avenue of commerce. Railroad and road builders utilized the flood plain to take advantage of the flat grades. The wide flood plains of the Mississippi were developed for agriculture because of their high fertility and relative ease in farming. The advantages offered by the river and its flood plain in the days of the early settlers are still so considered in our present day economy.

-William H. Klingner

This organization is an association that brings the districts together to share and discuss the problems and concerns of drainage and flood control on local, state, and federal levels. At each meeting, we as representatives, listen to projects that are currently developing or going on in each district. In sharing, we have found a variety of answers to specific problems and cooperation between districts that would not have happened without the association.