Friday, August 27, 2010

Mississippi River Water Resource News for the Week

Bottomland Ecosystem Restoration
On September 16, the Security and Sustainability Forum will host the first of a three-part water resource webinar series.  The first webinar, entitled "Bottomland Ecosystem Restoration," is designed to link scientific expertise to specific floodplain restoration issues in an effort to direct participants toward practical floodplain management solutions.  The 90-minute webinar starts at 2:15 PM Eastern time.  The second and third webinars will be in October (The Water Conversation) and November (Raising Water Resource Awareness and Engaging Next Generation Water Leaders).  The Security and Sustainability Forum web page can be visited for more information:  You can register directly for the September 16 webinar here.

Treatment of Chemical Contaminants of Emerging Concern
EPA has published the results of their review of recent literature on wastewater treatment technologies and their ability to remove a number of chemical contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). EPA has also made available an on-line, computer-searchable format of data from the literature review. The report discusses 16 of the hundreds of CECs present in the database, and the average percent removals achieved by full-scale treatment systems. Wastewater treatment plant operators, designers, and others may find this information useful in their studies of ways to remove CECs from wastewater.  More information can be found at this web site.

Lower Minnesota River Study
A June 2010 technical report has been released and is available on-line. Entitled "Lower Minnesota River Study: Monitoring and Modeling Water Quality From Jordan, Minnesota, to the Mouth," the report presents data and monitoring reflecting the status of the lower reaches of the river, where water quality is influenced by management practices throughout the Minnesota River Basin. From the report's summary: "The Metropolitan Council led a cooperative effort of federal, state, and local agencies to develop a water-quality model of the lower 40 miles of the Minnesota River for use in facility and watershed planning. The water-quality issues in order of priority were dissolved oxygen, ammonia, nutrients, and sediment." A link to the report and to other Minnesota River resources is available here, and the full report (pdf file) can be downloaded directly here.

Notable @UpperMiss Twitter Postings for the Week:

Zebra Mussels threaten MO lakes & Asian Carp headed toward Indianapolis (White River)
Federal officials laud middle Mississippi River region conservation success
Russian drought & reduced global wheat production affect entire US farming outlook (we're all connected)
Arkansas River navigation system evaluated by Corps of Engineers during river tour
An overview of the Mississippi River Network from U of MN's "Rivertalk" blog
RT @FriendsMissRiv: Volunteers kicked off 2010 Stream Health Evaluation Program (SHEP) this month
KY Developers look for financing for invasive Asian Carp processing center
EPA new strategy to improve H2O quality recognizes some pollution hard to manage w/ traditional Clean H2O Act controls
Online album proceeds benefit Sweet Home New Orleans & Gulf Restoration Network (only $2.99 for > 2 hrs music)
Cap & trade legislation "dead" in both House ( Rep. Peterson) & Senate ( Sen. McConnell)
Huff Post: National C Reserve would address source of Gulf of Mexico maladies & offer myriad side benefits
A world amid bluffs: Upper Mississippi offers vastness and variety
New documentary “The Big Uneasy” examines causes of NO levee failures & whether Army Corps is doing right job this time
EDF's August 25 issue of Delta Dispatches, with the latest news on efforts to restore Coastal LA, now on-line
Illinois commercial fish business bemoans impact of invasive Asian carp in state rivers
Army Corps plan for 7 Mississippi River miles near Herculaneum seeks to improve river ecology &
Ohio River algae blooms responsible for unusual taste & odor in Louisville KY drinking water
People vs. Nature: Why floods win (hint: it's all about the "vs" part)
A nice description of the Kaskaskia River Confluence Trail along shorelines of Kaskaskia & Mississippi Rivers
Asian Carp video from Wabash River (runs SW through IN into Ohio River)

Environmental NGO report: Coal ash contaminating water in 21 states
Iowa's Xenia Rural Water users should not use drinking water for infants under 6 months due to high nitrates (more)
  • (continued) Xenia Rural Water officials call high nitrates from conversion of "natural" ammonia in water (more)
  • but ammonia could very well be from agricultural sources & not "natural" ammonia in water

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