Friday, April 29, 2011

Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News for the Week

With Congress in the last days of its two-week recess, the mid-country storms and flooding, and a new Clean Water Act jurisdiction guidance took center stage this week in the region and Washington, DC, respectively.  These are highlighted in the news summaries presented below.
Notable @UpperMiss Twitter Postings for the Week

Flooding, Floodplains, Dams and Navigation -
EPA - Army Corps Clean Water Act Guidance -
Water Quality-
  • EPA Modeling Raises Fears Over Strict Mississippi River Nutrient Limits (pdf file)
  • EPA Plans New Measures To Ease Farm Compliance With Nutrient Limits (pdf file)
  • Atrazine spike headed downstream for places like Lake Vermilion (IL) unless precautions taken
  • FL Gov. Rick Scott: state will ask EPA to back off on water pollution rules
  • US District Judge: FL Everglades need EPA to police cleanup; state authorities "have not been true stewards"
  • Lake Pepin experiencing similar problems as Chesapeake Bay
Agriculture -
In the States -
Biodiversity, Wildlife and Invasives -
Federal Budget -
  • Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL): worried that Senate not getting enough done on budget; should not have gone on 2-week break
  • "Gang of Six" senators widely anticipated to deliver their budget proposal in early May
Events -
  • National Research Council public "Conversation on America's Climate Choices;" May 12, Washington, DC
  • August 2011 National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration Registration Open (Baltimore, MD)
  • April 26 issue of the Tennessee Clean Water Network e-newsletter
  • Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee spring newsletter published (pdf file)
  • April Update (PDF file) from the Northeast-Midwest Institute on Mississippi River Basin issues
Political Scene -
  • The Shape of Redistricting in Iowa, Louisiana & Arkansas
  • Missouri legislature passes new redistricting map, awaits Governor Nixon’s possible veto
  • IA's 2 US Senators have history of switching votes on debt ceiling, depending on which party occupies White House
  • Kentucky's three GOP gubernatorial candidates support mountaintop removal coal mining
Other news-
Last word -
"Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody." - Mark Twain

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