Friday, November 5, 2010

Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News for the Week

Most River Flows across U.S. Altered by Land and Water Management, Leading to Ecological Degradation
New USGS findings released in the journal of Ecological Society of America (ESA), Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and accessible here have lead scientists to conclude that the amount of water flowing in streams and rivers has been significantly altered from land and water management in nearly 90 percent of waters that were assessed in a nationwide USGS study.  Flow alterations are a primary contributor to degraded river ecosystems and loss of native species whose survival and reproduction are tightly linked to specific flow conditions. Researchers found that these consequences can also affect water quality, recreational opportunities and the maintenance of sport fish populations. The USGS contact for the study and principle author of the ESA paper is Daren Carlisle, 703-648-6890,

Mississippi River Valley Bottomland Ecosystem Restoration Conference
The Bottomland Ecosystem Restoration Conference will be held from March 8-10, 2011 in Collinsville, Illinois.  Sponsored by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry association, this three day conference is designed to bring together natural resource managers from federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientists, decision-makers, and other groups in the Upper Mississippi River System as well as the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. The conference will link scientific expertise to specific restoration issues in an effort to provide better solutions to ecosystem management problems.  Presentations will highlight case studies that exemplify successes and failures encountered when applying ecosystem restoration techniques to large river bottomland ecosystems. The third day of the conference will consist of field trips to bottomland restoration sites in the region surrounding the Confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers.  For more information, visit here.

Notable @UpperMiss Twitter Postings for the Week

Stormwater and wastewater -
  • American Water Works Association urges inclusion of water in proposed Federal infrastructure bank
Floodplains, Dams and Navigation -
Agriculture -
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory study: Corn-based ethanol doesn't result in land-use change elsewhere (pdf file)
  • Iowa Environmental Council: Report says EPA must set pollution limits in Mississippi river & Gulf
  • Growing grasses for biofuels could increase profits over corn/soy rotation for some farmers (pdf file)
  • What the midterms could mean for federal ag-policy reform
  • New Congress isn’t likely to start writing the next Farm Bill until 2012
  • New Ag Chair Lucas wants to wait until 2012 to pass new Farm Bill, while outgoing Chair Peterson wants it done in 2011
Events -
  • Aug 8-12, 2011: 2nd biennial symposium of the International Society for River Science, Berlin; abstracts due 12/20/10
  • March 8-10, 2011: Bottomland Ecosystem Restoration Conference; Collinsville, IL
  • "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story" film to be shown in UW-Stout's Jarvis Hall; Nov. 17 at 7 PM
  • Upper Mississippi River Basin Assoc has posted its November 16-18 mtg agendas & background materials here:
Biodiversity, Wildlife and Invasives -
Other news -
  • WI climate change impacts predicted by WI Initiative on Climate Change scientists
Mississippi River Basin politics -
  • Happy day-after-the-election day! The 2012 campaign starts now!
  • The Institute's mid-term election summary & implications for mainstem Mississippi River states:
  • What the midterms could mean for federal ag-policy reform
  • Want to know about the 24 new faces in the 112th Congress representing Mississippi River basin states? Our summary:
  • Kansas' top environmental official asked to step down by Gov. Mark Parkinson (but declines)
    KS Dept of Health & Environment Secretary, fired by Governor after declining to step down
  • The Who - "Won't Get Fooled Again" (will we?)

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