Damage from hurricanes became a focus for mayors from Mississippi River towns. During the sixth annual meeting of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, the mayors, including Tim Kabat of La Crosse, called for a national infrastructure proposal.
That led to a discussion about enhancing the river's infrastructure to more effectively deal with flooding.
Those projects are expensive. That's why the mayors signed a memorandum of understanding with an organization that finds investors interested in sustainable projects.
There are 75 mayors who are part of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative. That association represents cities and towns along the river from Minnesota to Louisiana.