Colin Wellenkamp, Mississippi River (2021)
Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority
Date Issued: 2021-01-06
Subjects: Rotary Club of Baton Rouge | MISSISSIPPI RIVER | Environment
- Wellenkamp, Colin Speaker
This episode of the series “Newsmakers” features a speech by Colin Wellenkamp before a virtual meeting of the Baton Rouge Rotary Club on January 6, 2021. Wellenkamp is the executive director of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. He discusses: his organization’s role in bringing together the mayors of cities located along the Mississippi River; the start of the organization in 2012; their successful projects; their focus on resilience; the economic impact of the Mississippi River; their partnership with Rotary International on water infrastructure projects and plastic waste reduction; and their goal to create a federal project to manage the Mississippi River. He also answers questions from the audience.