Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News for the Week-Early Edition

Early Edition
Your FNB ("Friendly Neighborhood Blogger") will be out of the "electronic office" tomorrow, which accounts for this earlier than usual edition of the "Mississippi River Basin Water Resource News for the Week."  But it is chock-full of news stories none-the-less.  Enjoy!

Notable @UpperMiss Twitter Postings for the Week
Agriculture -
  • Editorial: Iowa should follow MO lead to reduce nutrient pollution; improve Iowa waterways
  • UW Water Resources Institute evaluating characteristics of different biofuel crops and their ecological impacts
  • Iowa State U research provides 5 measures that show promise for reducing nitrate loss from farmland

Farm Bill-
  • Bipartisan group of senators introduce bill calling for tighter farm payment limits
  • House Agriculture Committee announces witness list for March 23 IL field hearing on Farm Bill
  • House Ag Committee Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN): GOP budget plan "all but guarantees" no Farm Bill this year
  • Ryan’s budget proposal puts pressure on House Ag Committee to cut crop insurance subsidies when writing farm bill
  • Commodity title remains most contentious Farm Bill piece; making it difficult for Senate Agriculture Committee to agree
  • Crop insurers dismiss Environmental Working Group crop insurance study (EWG study here:
  • Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA): Senate will pass farm bill this summer that cuts $23 billion over 10 years

Water Quality -

  • March 28 meeting set to announce partnership for pollutant reduction plan to restore Hinkson Creek MO water quality
  • Environmental organizations sue coal companies over contaminated water From West Virginia mines
  • 2 WV coal mines targets of federal lawsuit alleging violations of Federal Water Pollution Control and Clean Water acts
  • TN Clean Water Network files 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue in Federal Court vs Teknor Apex over water pollution (PDF)
  • ConocoPhilips refinery (Roxana, IL) plans to defend itself "vigorously" against air/soil/water pollution lawsuit and

Water Resource Management (Floodplains, Dams, Navigation, Wetlands, Flooding, etc.) -
  • Supreme Court rules unanimously against EPA in wetlands enforcement case (PDF file)

Forestry -
  • Happy World Forestry Day everyone (March 21).  Go hug a tree today!
  • Northern Forest Futures Project: a window on tomorrow’s Northeast and Midwest forests and trends

Biodiversity, Wildlife and Invasives -

Gulf Coastal Area-

  • Revised LA hurricane protection- coastal restoration plan to give new priority to major hurricane protection features
  • Southern Louisiana marshlands lose more than foot against the sea; 2 inches in last 16 months

Resource Extraction -

  • Tennessee Senate delays vote on mountaintop removal coal mining ban legislation
  • Jindal administration tries to broker deal between Louisiana landowners and oil/gas industry over “legacy lawsuits"

Federal Budget -

  • Water Protection Network holds its Annual Meeting in Saint Louis,  MO
  • EPA Water Quality Standards Basic Course: April 30 - May 4, Washington DC
  • March 28 meeting set to announce partnership for pollutant reduction plan to restore Hinkson Creek MO water quality
  • MN DNR Stream Habitat Program - May and July, 2012 Workshop offerings viewable here:

e-Newsletters, Publications and Journals -

Other news-
  • EPA releases “Identifying and Protecting Healthy Watersheds: Concepts, Assessments, and Management Approaches”

Political Scene -
  • Poll: Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) is barely leading his GOP Senate primary opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock
  • Illinois US House primaries: Democrats Jackson Jr., Duckworth and Schneider win big; Bustos headed to victory
  • MO State Auditor Schweich no longer considering entering the GOP primary for US Senate
  • Dems add 5 of their new nominees in IL to program for top congressional challengers and open seat candidates

Last Word - "Always look on the broight soide of loife." - the Monty Python gang (click on the link for the related YouTube music video).

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