Mississippi River

February 15, 2015--Gulf of Mexico dead zone cleanup target pushed back (Summit Voice)

In a classic example of government double-speak, the EPA announced this week that Mississippi River Basin states want to speed the reduction of nutrients that cause a huge Gulf of Mexico dead zone, but that they’re pushing back their target date for a cleanup by 20 years.


November 28, 2014--In Wyoming, governor doesn't want to let water leave state (Billings Gazette)

Every spring, John Joyce watches as thousands of gallons of water in the Nowood River rush by his ranch in northern Wyoming. It’s water that eventually moves into the Bighorn, Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi rivers before dumping into the Gulf of Mexico.


August 27, 2014--Dams vs. rivers (Environmental News Network)

A new 'State of the World's Rivers' database shows how the world's rivers have been impoverished by dams and their ecosystems devastated - and provides a valuable resource to help save river basins that remain in good health. 


January 3, 2013--It can’t get too deep (Durango Herald)

Despite getting some big storms last month, much of the U.S. is still desperate for relief from the nation’s longest dry spell in decades. And experts say it will take an absurd amount of snow to ease the woes of farmers and ranchers. The same fears haunt firefighters, water utilities and many communities across the country.


December 11, 2012--Water pollution and the farm economy (New York Times)

As many people know, the astounding increase in agricultural output that marked the latter half of the 20th century came at a high environmental price. Agriculture is a major contributor to global warming, and runoff from farm fields helps pollute rivers and streams.


August 26, 2012--Drought cuts size of Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ (Summit Voice)

This year’s severe drought, centered in the Midwest, cut runoff and nutrient loading into the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico, result in the smallest dead zone in the Gulf in several years.Texas A&M Oceanography professor Steve DiMarco cruised more than 1,200 miles in the Gulf in mid-August to measure this year’s oxygen-starved area, finding that only about 1,500 square miles


April 12, 2012--Ideas for shoring up West’s water supply include melting icebergs, diverting Mississippi River (Washington Post)

Demand for water in a river basin that serves more than 36 million people in the West and Mexico is expected to overwhelm supply in the next half-century as the region grows. So the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation asked the public what to do about it. It got more than 140 ideas: Tow an iceberg to California and capture what melts for the Colorado River basin.


October 8, 2011--No water plan seems too extreme (Cortez Journal)

The West’s history of developing water sources, occasionally stained with instances of outright theft, is probably best described as “complicated.” Our decisions on who should get what water — and how, and from which source they should get it — usually teetered to t


March 18, 2011--Forecast: Almost half the USA at risk for spring flooding (USA Today)

The Upper Midwest isn't the only region expected to see potentially catastrophic flooding over the next few weeks. Almost half the USA, including much of the Midwest, Northeast and all the way down the Mississippi River Valley to New Orleans, has an above-average risk for spring flooding, according to a forecast issued by the National Weather Service on Thursday.


May 4, 2010--How the Gulf Coast oil leak affects you (Colorado Springs Gazette)

The calamitous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico isn't just a mess for the people who live or work on the coast. If you drink coffee, eat shrimp, like bananas or plan to buy a new set of tires, you could end up paying more because of the disaster.


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