Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News for the Week (Pre-Holiday Edition)

Monthly Mississippi River Basin Update
The November Update (PDF file) from the Northeast-Midwest Institute on Mississippi River Basin issues is now available on line.  This month’s Update contains these items: 
  • 111th and 112th Congresses
  • Water Resources Development Act
  • Continuing Resolution and Prospects for an Appropriation Bill
  • NRC Report: Improving Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin and Northern Gulf of Mexico
  • The Consequences of Dams Conference
  • Most River Flows across U.S. Altered by Land and Water Management, Leading to Ecological Degradation
  • National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Confluence Field Station Dedicated
  • Delta Dispatches
  • Upcoming Conferences, Events and Workshops

Notable @UpperMiss Twitter Postings for the Week

In the States -
  • EPA approves IA DNR designated use changes for 69 H2O bodies; disapproves 57 proposed changes
  • Cargill discharge into the Illinois River a focus of Environment Illinois report
  • EPA's proposed Hinkson Creek stormwater runoff restrictions draw stiff Columbia, MO city resistance
  • USGS Study: Mercury a health risk in Indiana fish
  • Op-ed: Courts should ensure WI waters meet federal minimum standards & don't "become pollution havens"
  • Minnesota keeps existing rule imposing limits on manganese in drinking water
Floodplains, Dams and Navigation -
  • MO Gov. Nixon urges federal diligence on Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan; concerned about 'Plan H'
  • Summer of 1993 Great Mississippi River Flood photoshoot for National Geographic (stunning)
  • Engineers: Lowering New Orleans floodwalls could improve canal safety
  • Supporters of earmarks say they help fill infrastructure needs like deteriorating Mississippi R flood-controls
Agriculture -
  • "How should the farm subsidy program be changed?" 6 NY Times blog perspectives:
  • USDA designates 28  southern Missouri counties as natural disaster areas because of severe drought
  • Environmental economist op-ed: "Muddy rivers-don’t blame farmers"\
  • USDA releases final FY10 contract & payment data for conservation easement programs
  • OK Farm Bureau: top Farm Bill priority: continuation of direct payments & revenue assurance
  • Conservative GOP senators calling on Congress to let billions in ethanol subsidies expire
Wastewater and Stormwater-
  • Op-ed: Courts should ensure WI waters meet federal minimum standards & don't "become pollution havens"
  • Illinois River makes mighty comeback
  • Study: 50% of the water used inside US homes can be reused to irrigate landscapes & flush toilets
Events -
  • Low Impact Development Conference: Greening the Urban Environment; Sept 25-28, 2011, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mississippi River Bald Eagle program set for Dec. 5 Visitor Center at Locks & Dam #15
Biodiversity, Wildlife and Invasives -
Other news-
Mississippi River Basin politics -
  • Post-Thanksgiving portion of Congressional lame duck destined to last at least till Friday, Dec. 17
  • Today Senator Stabenow (D-MI) announced she will chair the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee
  • NSAC: Federal Appropriations Likely Headed for Continuing Resolution
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell's earmark power credited for revitalizing Louisville's Ohio River waterfront

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