United Offers GreenTrees for Cleaner Skies

An innovative approach to Carbon Capture has spread to the wild blue yonder. In honor of Earth Month in April, United Airlines is obtaining carbon offsets for all passengers and crew on every flight of the 737-900ER – aircraft #432. Carbon offsets alleviate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions by…

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Environment First – Private Capital Restores

The New York Times recently covered the important environmental work of Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP), highlighting their massive coastal restoration project in Louisiana.  So while a slow mix of restoration process and politics continue to grind and jockey in the Mississippi Delta, EIP is at work today physically restoring damaged and…

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Flowing Rainbows Capture the Natural Migration of the Mississippi

These incredible maps of the Mississippi River were created in 1944 by Cartographer Harold Fisk and in  Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River.  In great detail he mapped the twisting and changing path of the river over time in these swirling rainbow colors.  The result…

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Drought Still Threatens Mississippi River

Discovery News recently reported that due to drought conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warned that the Mississippi River could become unnavigable by mid January. However, efforts by the USACE to blast away rocks have bought more time for barge shipping, according to a press release from the American…

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Overall, Drought May Reduce Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ in 2012

The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone will likely be smaller this year due to drought conditions throughout the Mississippi River watershed. A team of NOAA-supported scientists is predicting that this year’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone could range from a low of approximately 1,197 square miles to as much as…

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Only 9 Percent of Mississippi River Levees Rated ‘Acceptable’ by the Corps of Engineers

Another good reason for protecting the health of natural flood plains is the high cost of flooding. The New York Times reports that when the Army Corps of Engineers declared last year that the levees in certain places, like East St. Louis, Ill. were ‘unacceptable,’ the rating kicked up a…

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