Mississippi River http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Rising Water Slows Mississippi River Navigation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-water-slows-mississippi-river-navigation <p>Flooding along the upper Mississippi River is affecting navigation, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.</p><p>"High river levels have forced us to close two of our locks and dams. Lock and Dam 24 and 25 are both closed right now," said Mike Peterson, chief of public affairs.<br /><br />"But there’s not a lot of river navigation going on along the upper river right now because upstream of us there is a whole lot of closed locks and dams."<br /><br />Flood crests on the Mississippi are expected over the next week, but Peterson is not expecting much higher levels.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:46:43 +0000 Wayne Pratt 37875 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising Water Slows Mississippi River Navigation Rising Mississippi Prompts Sandbagging And Road Closures http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-mississippi-prompts-sandbagging-and-road-closures <p>Flooding on the Mississippi River continues to make its way south from Iowa, putting towns from Quincy to Grafton on alert.</p><p>With historic buildings, a post office and a dozen homes all in the path of the flood, Clarksville, Mo., 75 miles north of St. Louis, has more to lose than most.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:44:55 +0000 Camille Phillips 37817 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising Mississippi Prompts Sandbagging And Road Closures Rising River Threatens Areas North Of St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-river-threatens-areas-north-st-louis <p>The National Weather Service is forecasting major flooding along stretches of the Mississippi River north of St. Louis early next week. <a href="http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=lsx" target="_blank">A map on its site i</a>s regularly updated with river stages.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:43:48 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37764 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising River Threatens Areas North Of St. Louis River Commerce Group Supports Mississippi River Container-On-Barge Effort http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/river-commerce-group-supports-mississippi-river-container-barge-effort <p>A major river commerce group endorsed a plan Tuesday to increase container-on-barge traffic on the Mississippi River.&nbsp;</p><p>The Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Association supports shipping goods in containers on barges up and down the Mississippi River. That’s seen as an alternative to using trucks or rail. The group made the announcement at its annual conference in St. Louis.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:58:48 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 35702 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org River Commerce Group Supports Mississippi River Container-On-Barge Effort Mississippi River Is Ranked Third Most Endangered In The Country http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mississippi-river-ranked-third-most-endangered-country <p>The Mississippi River, one of the hallmarks of American landscape, is no longer the expansive, grand river it once was. Decades of constructing levees, dams and other systems for managing floods have whittled it down to a series of pools, dramatically altering its ecosystem.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:02:00 +0000 Nora Ibrahim 35145 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mississippi River Is Ranked Third Most Endangered In The Country Missisissippi River Has Inspired Art For Generations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missisissippi-river-has-inspired-art-generations <p>I just finished reading Paul Schneider's, "The Mississippi River in North American History." What a great read and what an amazing river. Cultures and entire civilizations have left their mark along this incredible waterway. We can view art and artifacts of the people living in and around the Mississippi now and those that perished thousands of years ago&nbsp;and throughout the ages&nbsp;in our arts and cultural institutions.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:53:42 +0000 Nancy Kranzberg 32044 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missisissippi River Has Inspired Art For Generations How America's 'Old Man River' Shaped History http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-americas-old-man-river-shaped-history <p>From transporting Native Americans to the founding of the United States and beyond, the Mississippi River is an integral part of American history.</p><p>In his new book, <em>Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History</em>, author Paul Schneider weaves together all of these stories and more to tell the greater story of a continent formed and transformed by a river which both divides and unites.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:16:10 +0000 Camille Phillips 30988 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How America's 'Old Man River' Shaped History Report Calls For Congressional Reform Of River Management Practices http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-calls-congressional-reform-river-management-practices-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A new report by a coalition of conservation and public interest groups representing the Upper Mississippi River basin is calling on Congress to reform the way it manages the river.</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:25:15 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 29067 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report Calls For Congressional Reform Of River Management Practices Flooding Forces Evacuation In West Alton, Communities Fight Rising Waters Across The Region http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/flooding-forces-evacuation-west-alton-communities-fight-rising-waters-across-region <p><strong><em>Developing Story, will be updated</em></strong></p><p><em><strong>Updated at 10:35 a.m. Thursday, June 6:</strong></em></p><p>MSD says the Mississippi River has dropped enough to turn the pumps back on at Watkins Creek, ending the discharge of untreated wastewater into the river. The agency is asking that residents continue to avoid floodwaters in the area of the station, which is in the 11000 block of Riverview in Spanish Lake.</p><p><strong><em>Updated at 2:30 p.m. with information from MSD:</em></strong></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:19:51 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Marshall Griffin, Tim Lloyd & Kelsey Proud 27020 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Flooding Forces Evacuation In West Alton, Communities Fight Rising Waters Across The Region No Relief For Swollen Rivers With Four Inches Of Rain Forecast For The Weekend http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-relief-swollen-rivers-four-inches-rain-forecast-weekend <p>A storm system that's dropping snow on the western half of the state will bring up to four inches of rain to the St. Louis area by Sunday.</p><p>But don't expect much in the way of flash flooding, says National Weather Service hydrologist&nbsp;Mark Fuchs.</p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">"We're not necessarily expecting flash flooding in the classic sense - where you see a very quick rising water coming down the stream," </span>Fuchs<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5"> said. "But with that being said, there will be some roads in poor drainage areas that could go underwater."</span></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:01:29 +0000 Chris McDaniel 26079 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No Relief For Swollen Rivers With Four Inches Of Rain Forecast For The Weekend