That page includes written testimony from Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor, who testified at the hearing. Mr. Connor indicated in his written and oral testimonty that the DOI was concerned about the money needed to carry out the full scope of the study called for under the Upper Mississippi River Protection Act, and said authority now in place is sufficient to protect the basin. His prepared remarks on the Upper Mississippi River Protection Act start on page 7. It runs for three pages.
An analysis by David Biello (Associate Editor, Environment and Energy, Scientific American) looks at the potential impacts that the ongoing BP oil release might have on the chronically-occurring Gulf of Mexico hypoxic or "dead" zone, in a June 3 Scientific American online article. Biello concludes that "the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might exacerbate or ameliorate the seasonal dead zone pictured here--as well as potentially form new dead zones in deeper waters further out." You can read the entire article here.
Notable @UpperMiss tweets for the week:
- Mississippi basin politics: Sen. Blanche Lincoln (AR) survived a bitter Democratic runoff Tuesday http://bit.ly/dgBKJo
- Aged, damaged Chattanooga sewer lines threaten Tennessee River clean water http://bit.ly/9QEDio
- Before the Mississippi River, minerals show ancient rivers flowed west http://bit.ly/9aiqcc
- America’s Waterway's June newsletter re: Mississippi River now available online http://bit.ly/9Q3Jp3
- Developers break ground for 'macro green' business park in Iowa City http://bit.ly/cpfzf8
- Fed agencies to develop plans for at least 5 % budget cuts by identifying programs that do little to advance missions http://bit.ly/9tAUyV
- MSU scientists develop approach to make conserving & managing freshwater systems more integrated & effective http://bit.ly/9aPrcN
- USGS to conduct series of seismic profiling tests near New Madrid Fault near Marianna, Ark. in 1st part of June http://bit.ly/cFaFHx
- Quad-City Times editorial re: Cedar River flooding & development issues eschews quick fixes & poor planning http://bit.ly/cA77z2
- Mississippi River Gorge 1/2 day canoe trips scheduled throughout the summer in Minneapolis area http://bit.ly/d3AWkA
- WI state laws & programs designed help to slow emerald ash borer spread http://bit.ly/cdMMc5
- EPA "Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure" Workshop July 29-30; Fayetteville AR http://bit.ly/9IFRiF