Friday, June 4, 2010

Mississippi River Water Resource News for the Week

According to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the number of native fish and aquatic insects, especially those that are pollution sensitive, declines in urban and suburban streams at even very minimal levels of development — levels historically considered protective of aquatic biological communities. The analysis of nationwide USGS studies examines the effects of urbanization on algae, aquatic insects, fish, habitat and chemistry in urban streams in nine metropolitan areas: Boston, MA; Raleigh, NC; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Milwaukee-Green Bay, WI; Denver, CO; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; and Portland, OR. The USGS web site covering the research, along with links to the full report, can be found here.

Strange but true Mississippi River news of the week: Mayfly hatch along Mississippi River is visible on Doppler radar (click here).

The long-awaited Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) report for the Upper Mississippi River Basin was released by the USDA NRCS earlier this week. The CEAP report is available on this web page. Here is a link to view and download the PDF file.  According to the report's Executive Summary, the "project was initiated to quantify existing ecological services derived from USDA conservation practices in the (Mississippi Alluvial Valley) as part of the USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project, Wetlands Component (CEAP-Wetlands). The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the USDA Farm Service Agency, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Ducks Unlimited, collected data on soils, vegetation, nitrogen cycling, migratory birds, and amphibians from 88 different sites between 2006 and 2008. Results from restored WRP sites were compared to baseline data from active agricultural cropland (AG) to evaluate changes in ecosystem services."

Notable @UpperMiss tweets for the week:
  • Free USGS Webinar Short Course on Adaptive Management of Natural Resources, June 7-11; info & register:
  • Superweeds immune to Roundup could leave farmers using more of harsh older herbicides
  • Agroforestry (combining farming & trees) catching attention of more farmers; benefits farm economy & conservation
  • USDA publishes final regulations governing Conservation Stewardship Program; promotes "greater environmental benefit"
  • USGS study: # of native fish & aquatic insects declines in urban & suburban streams at low levels of development
  • Draining the prairie - ag boost or wetland bust? Farmers & conservation groups disagree on ag drainage practices
  • Army Corps to hold “scoping” meetings on its Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study
  • American Rivers Most Endangered Rivers report released (Cedar River (IA) makes list from Mississippi R system)
  • Minneapolis makes #3 in US Green Roof Top 10 listing
  • Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Blanche Lincoln sets agendas for 4 new Farm Bill hearings
  • New Wisconsin marina rules and standards introduced

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