Friday, October 22, 2010

Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News for the Week

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Confluence Field Station Dedication Next Tuesday
The dedication of the new National Great Rivers Research and Education Center  (NGRREC) Confluence Field Station in Alton, Illinois will be celebrated at the facility on October 26 at 1 PM (followed by hosted tours of the facility beginning at 2 PM).  NGRREC was formed in 2002 to explore important questions about river systems, the environment and their impact on the communities, and to keep the public informed. The new Confluence Field Station will serve to enhance NGRREC's reputation as a premier river research institution, and will be the first institution of its kind to offer a comprehensive river system research and education program.  Many local, regional and national dignitaries have been invited and are expected to attend the ceremony.  For more information about the new, LEED-certified facility and the dedication ceremony, see this web site.   More information about NGRREC can be found at (Mark Gorman, Northeast-Midwest Institute Policy Analyst for Mississippi River watershed issues, will be presenting brief remarks during the dedication ceremony, and will post updates on the event and the new facility later in the week in Northeast-Midwest Institute's Mississippi River Basin Blog  (

NOAA Open Rivers Initiative Grant Solicitation Period Open
The closing date for applications for the next NOAA Open Rivers Initiative (ORI) grant cycle is November 17, 2010.  ORI provides funding and technical assistance to catalyze the implementation of locally-driven projects to remove dams and other river barriers, in order to benefit living marine and coastal resources, particularly diadromous fish. Projects funded through the Open Rivers Initiative must feature strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that foster economic, educational, and social benefits for citizens and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a cooperative agreement. Funding of up to $6,000,000 is expected to be available for ORI Project Grants in Fiscal Year 2011. The NOAA Restoration Center within the Office of Habitat Conservation will administer this grant initiative, and anticipates that typical awards will range from $200,000 to $750,000.   For more information, see the specific ORI grant site here.

Notable @UpperMiss Twitter Postings for the Week

In the States -
  • Minnesota cities take steps to go green & join state sustainable practices initiative
  • State of KY & KY coal mining industry sue EPA over its interpretation of clean water act permit rules
  • EPA defends blocking of KY coal mining permits; says state is resistant to talking
  • Tennessee Riverkeeper plans to sue coal operators over mine discharges into trib of TN River
Stormwater and wastewater -
Floodplains, Dams and Navigation -
  • NOAA Open Rivers Initiative provides $ & tech assistance to remove dams & other river barriers grant deadline 11/17
  • Corps levee standard changes could increase risks but no evaluation of likely flood insurance impacts planned
  • Save the date: March 30-31: Assessment of Floodplain Natural Functions & Resources Workshop; Washington, DC (details to come)
  • RT @MinnesotaNews: MnDOT to launch flood mitigation program
Agriculture -
Events -
  • Prairie Rivers Network Nov 16 stakeholder workshop about third-party TMDLs Bolingbrook, IL
  • 2010 Partners in Community Forestry National Conference; Nov 9-11, Philadelphia
  • Save the date: March 30-31: Assessment of Floodplain Natural Functions & Resources Workshop; Washington, DC (details to come)
  • U of MN official apologizes for pulling plug on "Troubled Waters" film
  • 10th Annual N America Pollinators International Conference was terrific yesterday; they do great work
Biodiversity, Wildlife and Invasives -
  • AZ State U study: high & low river flows act to shorten food chains & eliminate top predators like large-bodied fish
  • U of Vermont Study: sunfish commonly consume invasive zebra mussels as prey
  • American chestnut may reign Eastern forests again (Washington Post)
  • RT @nytimesscience: Dot Earth: New Weapon Against Invading Fish: The Pan (Asian carp)
  • MO Conservation Dept. Urges Caution When Catching Bait; Seeks to Keep Asian Carp Out of MO Lakes
Other news -
  • HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant recipients announced; includes Mississippi River cities (pdf
  • Study: Vegetation & climate change slowing winds in northern hemisphere
  • Climatologists: dry south, Midwest weather likely to continue at least thru spring; possible summer drought
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research Study: Droughts to be more common by 2030 & extreme by 2100
  • Gulf Coast land loss could add up to $350 billion by 2030
  • U of WI Daily Cardinal newspaper: "Saving the Mighty Mississippi"
  • Environment America: Park Service budget cuts will hurt essential services (pdf file)
  • Inspector General: "significant impediments" to (DOI) efforts to promote economy, efficiency & effectiveness (pdf)Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education (deadline 01/12/2011)
Mississippi River Basin politics -
  • What might the midterm elections mean for agriculture?
  • Philip Brasher: future of IA Farm Bureau’s proposal to scrap farm payments could hinge on election outcome
  • Mississippi River basin politics: Democratic backing of farm friendly 2008 Farm Bill not translating to 2010 ag support
  • Congressional Republicans planning assault on Obama administration’s environmental record
  • Updated look at US Senate & House as well as gubernatorial midterm election races

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