Through the vision of former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, Back to the River was created to preserve and improve wildlife habitat and provide economic development opportunities in a balanced, sustainable manner along the Missouri River.

Together with program supporters, Back to the River has strived to protect the environmental and economic future of the Missouri River through:

  • Wildlife habitat restoration
  • Recreation and river access
  • Environmental education
  • Economic development
  • Cultural and historical        resources
  • Floodplain management