Mississippi River

Mississippi River
12:02 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Mississippi River Is Ranked Third Most Endangered In The Country

A proposal to build more levees to manage the Mississippi River's floods is one of the reasons it's ranked third most endangered in the country.
Credit (Flickr/The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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. 

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Commentary
5:53 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Missisissippi River Has Inspired Art For Generations

Nancy Kranzberg

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 and throughout the ages in our arts and cultural institutions.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:16 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

How America's 'Old Man River' Shaped History

A screenshot of the Mississippi River watershed from the stream mapping tool created by the Department of the Interior.
www.nationalatlas.gov/streamer

From transporting Native Americans to the founding of the United States and beyond, the Mississippi River is an integral part of American history.

In his new book, Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History, 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.

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Mississippi Management
6:25 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Report Calls For Congressional Reform Of River Management Practices

The Melvin Price Locks and Dam, also known as Lock and Dam No. 26, on the Mississippi River at Alton, Illinois, north of St. Louis, Missouri.
Credit (via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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.

 According to the report, transportation infrastructure on the Mississippi River is the most heavily subsidized private transportation industry in the nation. 

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River Flooding
4:19 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Flooding Forces Evacuation In West Alton, Communities Fight Rising Waters Across The Region

Volunteers try to fight against flooding at Riverlands Way in West Alton, Mo. on June 4, 2013.
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

Developing Story, will be updated

Updated at 10:35 a.m. Thursday, June 6:

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.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. with information from MSD:

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Flooding
5:01 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

No Relief For Swollen Rivers With Four Inches Of Rain Forecast For The Weekend

Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr

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.

But don't expect much in the way of flash flooding, says National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs.

"We're not necessarily expecting flash flooding in the classic sense - where you see a very quick rising water coming down the stream," Fuchs said. "But with that being said, there will be some roads in poor drainage areas that could go underwater."

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Other News
4:52 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Runaway Barges Cause Oil Spill

After a week of flooding, the Mississippi is on the rise again
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Coast Guard is assessing the environmental impact of roughly 300 gallons of crude oil it says spilled into the Mississippi River after more than a dozen barges briefly broke free near Alton, Ill.

The Coast Guard says a vessel hit an area where barges are docked on the river about 1 a.m. this morning, causing 14 to break away from their moorings. Those barges then hit another barge loading crude oil, which caused the spill of about seven barrels (300gallons) worth of oil.

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River management
2:29 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Davis, Enyart Want Corps To Think Broadly On Mississippi River Management

Two Illinois congressmen want to make it easier for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deal with low water along the Mississippi River.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Two freshman Congressmen from southern Illinois want the Army Corps of Engineers to start thinking of ways it can coordinate management of the Mississippi River to keep cargo traffic flowing during droughts or floods.

"The bill would have the Corps treat the entire drainage system as one entity," said Democrat Bill Enyart, a co-sponsor along with Republican Rodney Davis. "How do you balance someone getting to go boating against being able to get barges full of soybeans and corn out to feed the world? As it stands today, we can't balance those."

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Barge Accident
11:13 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Vessel Strike Caused Barges To Break Loose, Then Sink Near Cape Girardeau

A barge on the Mississippi River.
(via Flickr/roberthuffstutter)

The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that 13 coal barges became dislodged from their tow vessel near Cape Girardeau on Sunday morning, three of which partially sank into the Mississippi. So, what happened?

Most of the 25 barges were soon accounted for after the vessel struck an object around 10:30 a.m. At this time, it is still not clear what that object was.

The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at Cape Girardeau was closed for a little more than one hour as a precaution, but it was not struck.

Mississippi River Mayors
4:27 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mayors Rally In DC On Behalf Of Mississippi River

Mayors of Mississippi River towns are advocating for more federal attention for the waterway.
Credit (via Flickr/USDAgov)

Mayors from more than a dozen cities and towns along the Mississippi River rallied Thursday in the nation’s capital for more federal attention for the waterway.

The mayors, members of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, will work with the newly-formed Mississippi River Caucus. That's a bi-partisan group of members of Congress. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is co-chair of the initiative.

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