Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News for the Week ("Early Edition")

Early Edition Released! 
Since your FNB ("Friendly Neighborhood Blogger") will be in travel mode the next two days, here is the "Early Edition" of this week's "Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News for the Week."  This edition will be updated with new news items during the rest of the week, as warranted and as time allows.

Shameless Plug

First a blatant plug and advertisement for what I'll be doing the next two days, which is presenting a talk entitled "The Once and Future King" at the "Experiments on Rivers: The Consequences of Dams-An Interdisciplinary Conference;" being held on Thursday and Friday, November 11-12, at the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study in Minneapolis.  The conference is free and open to the public, however, space is limited and pre-registration is advised. You may register by contacting the Institute for Advanced Study at or 612-626-5054.   The conference goal is to raise questions and explore complexities, to provoke reflection from consideration of new perspectives, and to suggest future lines of inquiry in diverse disciplines and practices.  So, it will be a great conference to attend even if you don't care to listen to yours truly. For more information about the conference, including a full agenda, visit here

Notable @UpperMiss Twitter Postings for the Week

In the States -

Floodplains, Dams and Navigation -
  • "The Once and Future King"- NEMWI talk at "Consequences of Dams-An Interdisciplinary Conference" Minneapolis; Friday
Agriculture -
  • When it comes to influencing how farmers grow their crops, the real power may someday be Walmart not Congress
  • Mid-term election has farmers across country nervous about what that might mean for 2012 Farm Bill
  • Conditions are right for a bubble in farmland real estate values
  • H2O scarcity to generate big returns for irrigation sector once climate change & population take toll on farming
  • Groups file suit to overturn EPA decision allowing higher gasoline ethanol levels; say it could push up food prices
Events -
  • U of MN's "Experiments on Rivers: The Consequences of Dams-An Interdisciplinary Conference" Thurs & Fri
Biodiversity, Wildlife and Invasives -
  • Minnesota-Wisconsin Invasive Species Summit; 2 states plan to share resources to fight invasives
  • MN DNR Invasive Species Program offering 3 types of Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Grants
Other news -
Mississippi River Basin politics -
  • House Ag Comm Chair Peterson lobbying Senate Budget Committee Chair Conrad to become Chair of Senate Ag Comm
  • Sen. Conrad to reporters: may step down as Senate Budget Comm Chair to become Ag Comm Chair
  • For KY House seat Rep. Ben Chandler's (D) 649-vote lead looks to hold with only recanvass to be completed
  • Likely recount battle ahead in Minnesota governor's race
  • Rep. Bean (D) trails Joe Walsh (R) by 347 for IL House seat; Few absentee ballots remain in Dem-friendly Cook Co; Walsh declares victory.
  • Rep. Rahall (D-WV) seeks to become ranking Democrat on House Transportation & Infrastructure Comm
  • Dramatic change in House Ag Comm & new House & Senate Ag Comm leaders may change congressional ag focus

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