Mississippi River

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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North St. Louis - riverfront development
5:00 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Public meeting to discuss north St. Louis riverfront development

Map of the North Riverfront Business Corridor. Exhibit 1, locater map, from the St. Louis Development Corporation's (SLDC) “Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Consultants for the Port/North Riverfront Land-Use Study."
(SLDC RFQ, July 9, 2010)

The St. Louis Development Corporation is holding a public meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss plans to develop the north St. Louis riverfront.

The engineering firm HNTB has been studying the 3,000-acre area for the city, to figure out what’s needed to turn it into a freight transportation hub. The city also wants to attract new businesses and jobs.

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Nitrate Pollution / Mississippi River Basin
3:09 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Nitrate pollution in Mississippi River Basin remains at 1980s levels, despite reduction efforts

A map showing each of the sites involved in the U.S. Geological Survey's study on nitrate pollution in the Mississippi River Basin.
(Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey)

A new study shows that despite decades of effort to reduce nitrate pollution in the Mississippi River Basin, concentrations remain as high today as they were in the 1980s.

The U.S. Geological Survey conducted the study, which looked at nitrate levels at eight sites on the Mississippi, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio rivers.

USGS hydrologist and study lead Lori Sprague said the next step will be to figure out where the pollution is coming from.

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Morning round-up
9:56 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is signing legislation today which enforces new regulations regarding several disability-related issues, including parking.
(via Flickr/GIANTsqurl)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Mo. Gov. Nixon to sign legislation related to disability issues

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is preparing to sign legislation addressing several physical and mental disability issues. The governor has scheduled a signing ceremony for this morning at Paraquad Independent Living Center in St. Louis.

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New river bridge
4:11 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

High water slowing work on new Mississippi River Bridge

Work continues on the piers for the new Mississippi River Bridge just north of downtown, though high water is making things less efficient.
(photo courtesy of MoDOT)

The moderate flooding along the Mississippi River at St. Louis is costing crews building the piers for the new bridge a couple of days of work a week.

MoDOT project manager Greg Horn said workers are still out on the piers six days a week, 20 hours a day. But the flooding - the river is about five feet above flood stage - means crews can only work at about 60 percent efficiency.

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Missouri River - Mississippi River - flooding
3:14 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Corps of Engineers expects no major flooding near St. Louis

Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers' St. Louis District, Col. Tom O’Hara.
(Screen capture via YouTube/TeamSaintLouis)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will release even more water from the Gavins Point Dam this week. But in spite of these record high flows on the Missouri River, the Corps does not expect major flooding in the St. Louis area this summer.

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Economy
5:00 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Missouri River flooding compounding misery for Mo. farmers

Rising water levels on the Missouri River are expected to swamp hundreds of thousands of acres of crops and halt barge traffic. 

The threat of decreased crop acreage in the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri is driving prices for corn and soybeans on Wednesday.

Ron Plain is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri.  He says flooding along the Missouri River could be devastating for bottomland farmers. 

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Water Pollution - Mississippi River Flooding
2:50 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

EPA looks for water contamination near Birds Point levee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breached the levee at Birds Point as part of the activation of the floodway on the night of May 2, 2011.
(via Birds Point New Madrid Floodway Joint Information Center facebook page/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The Environmental Protection Agency is looking for possible water contamination in Southeastern Missouri, in the area affected by the Birds Point levee breach.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up a Mississippi River levee at Birds Point on May 2 to protect upstream communities like Cairo, Ill.

The levee breach flooded 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland, including a confined animal feeding operation.

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Flooding
2:28 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Record crests continue along Mississippi River

Flooded streets in Cairo, Ill on May 2. The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to open the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway has brought relief to the small town, but more record crests are predicted along the Mississippi River.
(Jeff Williams/WSIU)

Updated with Gov. Nixon's request for a disaster declaration.

The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to blast the levee at Birds Point appears to have brought some relief to Cairo, Ill., but the possibility of record crests continues all along the Mississippi River.

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