Mississippi River

Mississippi River
2:57 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

New initiative aims to bring greater attention to Mississippi River issues

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay speaks during the kick off event for the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Mayors from 19 cities and towns are in St. Louis this week to launch a new initiative aimed at bringing greater attention to issues affecting the Mississippi River.

A total of 41 mayors, so far, have formally agreed to the partnership, which is set to begin lobbying congress in March of next year.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said mutual interests trump party politics.

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Morning round-up
9:34 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 13, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

New report: "vast improvements" at John Cochran VA Medical Center

A new government report says the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has made "vast improvements" after an earlier report noted problems.

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Drought/Rivers
11:36 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Army Corps says low river levels not going away any time soon

The Missouri River, south of Rocheport, Mo.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were in Alton Friday as part of their annual low-water inspection.

The Corps has stepped up emergency scouring and dredging operations in response to the unprecedented low water levels in the Mississippi River Basin.

Marty Hettle works for the barge operator, AEP.  He says the river forecast is not expected to trend upward any time soon.

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Drought/river traffic
6:26 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Nixon says state observing river levels for shipping

Barges pass under the Poplar Street Bridge. (via Wikimedia Commons/ Bachrach44)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says his administration is keeping tabs on river levels along the Missouri and Mississippi as drought conditions persist across the state.  He indicates that the Missouri River may be in worse shape.

“I think that the challenges on the Missouri are a little more significant than the Mississippi," Nixon said at a gathering Wednesday in Jefferson City.  "Minnesota has had a fair amount of rain in that part of the country, but we’re watching those issues very carefully.”

Mississippi River Shipping
2:54 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Drought starting to impact shipping along the Mississippi River

Barges pass under the Poplar Street Bridge. (via Wikimedia Commons/ Bachrach44)

The Drought is starting to severely impact shipping along the Mississippi River as water levels continue to drop.

The region’s shipping companies have had to lighten their loads to keep from running aground and that’s starting to cut into their bottom lines.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Missouri payrolls decline

Missouri officials say state payrolls declined by 4,000 jobs in June while unemployment simultaneously decreased 7.1 percent. Department of Economic Development officials say much of the decline in Missouri non-farm payrolls came in the local government sector, which shed 3,100 jobs in June.

The state unemployment rate has declined or held steady each month since June 2011. The jobless rate last month is the lowest in Missouri since December 2008.

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Morning Round-up
8:42 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, March 23, 2012

Eads Bridge connecting St. Louis and East St. Louis over the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the second-most toxic river in the United States.
(via flickr/benclark)

Mississippi River is second-most toxic river in United States

A new report released by Environment Missouri says the Mississippi River is the second-most toxic river in the nation.

Data released Thursday shows that 12 million pounds of toxins were dumped into the Mississippi in 2010, with 672,000 pounds being released in Missouri. The only waterway more toxic is the Ohio River.

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Mississippi River Basin - Nutrient Pollution
2:46 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Environmental groups sue EPA to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin

This image shows water quality changes in the Gulf of Mexico. Reds and oranges represent high concentrations of algae and river sediment. Under certain conditions excessive algal growth can result in a "dead zone" of low oxygen.
(via NASA/Goddard SVS)

Updated 4:43 p.m. with comment from Glynnis Collins of the Prairie Rivers Network.

A coalition of environmental groups is taking legal action to push the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to limit nutrient pollution.

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Agriculture
6:25 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Crumbling locks and dams threaten Midwestern agriculture exports

(via Flickr/The Confluence)

"When they aren't moving, they aren't creating any revenue."

It’s around 8:30 on a chilly morning and workers are starting their day at America’s Central Port on the East Saint Louis side of the Mississippi River.

Under a steady drizzle they blast clean barge hulls with massive power washers.

In a suit and tie the port’s Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer is a sharp contrast to bearded workers wearing Carhart overalls.

He takes a wide stance on top of barge that rocks back and forth.

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Conservation - Birds
6:00 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

New Audubon Center north of St. Louis will facilitate bird viewing along Mississippi River

The American white pelican is one of several large birds that use the Mississippi Flyway as a migration route.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District)

The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is opening a new information center overlooking the Mississippi River in West Alton.

Riverlands program manager Charlie Deutsch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the 3,700-acre sanctuary attracts tens of thousands of migratory birds every year.

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