Friday, August 19, 2011

Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News for the Week - Lake Wobegon Edition

It's Been a Quiet Week in Lake Wobegon
And inside the Capital Beltway, as well, as most of the nation's politicians have fled DC's heated air and its even more heated debates for home soils, vacation vistas or international junkets.  But the waters of the Mississippi River basin continue to flow south to the Gulf in large quantities, carrying nitrogen and phosphorous along for the ride, invasive species continue to move north into an ever-widening reach of streams, and people still contribute to solving or exacerbating those and many other River Basin problems - both purposely and (mostly) unintentionally.  That's all conveniently captured in the following summary of the week's news.

Notable @UpperMiss Twitter Postings for the Week

Agriculture -
  • USDA Economic Research Service: The Ethanol Decade: An Expansion of US Corn Production, 2000-09
  • Iowa Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative project highlighted in Dubuque Telegraph Herald
  • Op-ed: "Iowa, the leading state for political hypoxia" leads to a damaging fresh & coastal water
  • China’s struggle to meet growing middle class demands could upend corn's world trade flows
Water Quality-
  • Paper mill admits fish kill fault as dead fish flow into Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain
  • Gulf of Mexico sends warning to SD about agriculture's contributions to hypoxia
Water Resource Management (Floodplains, Dams, Navigation, Flooding, etc.) -
  • Missourians opposed to "Plan H" Mississippi River-taming effort
  • CBS St Louis: Another year, another "flood of the century'' on the Mississippi River; is river taming worth it?
  • Op-ed-"Nation needs fresh view of its rivers"-Mark Davis, Inst on Water Resources Law & Policy, Tulane Law School
  • Missouri River governors to meet with Army Corps on flood issues
  • This year's "once-in-500-year" Missouri River flood may not be so once-in-a-500-ish
  • Army Corps budget cuts may slow Birds Point, MO levee rebuilding
  • >100 years after Chicago River flow was reversed, engineers consider re-reversing out of Mississippi basin
In the States -
  • Environmental groups file notice of intent to sue EPA to move water quality authority from Iowa DNR
  • Iowa CCI files ethics complaint against environmental commissioner  claiming conflict of interest
Biodiversity, Wildlife and Invasives -
Federal Budget -
  • Focus now on Congressional committees of jurisdiction - have until Oct 4 to send recommendations to debt supercommittee
Gulf Coastal Area-
  • Public meetings ongoing re: Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan & recommending specific actions for saving coast
Resource extraction -
  • Poll: Appalachian voters oppose mountaintop mining; favor regulation
  • Seeking a safer future for electricity's coal ash waste [National Geographic]
  • Circuit Court judge strikes down ban on fracking by Morgantown, WV
  • Environmental Integrity Project coal waste report spotlights IL-home to 2nd highest number of US ash dumps
  • Enviro groups' report on 37 states highlights "inadequate" coal ash state regulations
Events -
  • 2011 Horinko Group Water Resources Summit; October 25; U of MD College Park
  • Public meetings ongoing re: Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan & recommending specific actions for saving coast
  • Save the dates: Oct 18-19 Memphis TN workshop: Assessing Recreation Impacts from Hydrokinetic Energy Projects
  • 13th biennial Governor's Conference: "Illinois River: A National Opportunity" Oct 5-6; Marquette IL &
  • Screening of "The Big Uneasy", award-winning documentary of New Orleans & Katrina; Sept 8; 6:45 pm, Minneapolis MN
e-Newsletters, Publications and Journals -
Other news-
Political Scene -
Last Word - The labor monument at Lewis and Clark Landing in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday, when the Missouri River was measured at 33.98 feet; the first time that the River had been below 34 feet since June 20. 

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