One of MRCI's primary objectives is to dramatically increase demand throughout the River Basin and in Washington, DC for effective river protection, restoration and management by articulating and helping to drive multi-stakeholder solutions to nagging federal and state policy problems that currently impede such solutions. Toward that end, the MRCI is specifically intended to:
- Give rise to a common voice from those who depend most upon the River - people living and working in and governing River cities and towns,
- Span diverse cultural, political and economic arenas,
- Tap into a nascent desire for integration of and collaboration among transportation, farming, industrial, municipal and environmental interests, and
- Inspire and launch lasting solutions to River management issues.