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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 is the most amazing set […]

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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 Waterways Operators (AWO) and Waterways […]

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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 6,213 square miles. The wide […]

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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 storm of protest along the […]

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Conservation groups recently launched a new website, focused on restoring one of America’s greatest natural resources, the Mississippi River Delta. The site houses scientific information, public policy analysis, cultural and historical summaries, and Delta Dispatches, a news blog about restoration efforts in the delta. Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/28/4084617/mississippi-river-delta-restoration.html#ixzz1f44QdBVC  Visit the Site: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/  

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Floodwaters are rising to record heights in the lower Mississippi, weeks before they’re expected to crest. Ira Flatow and guests discuss how engineers have boxed in the river with dams, levees and spillways, and whether human-induced climate change might bring more frequent floods. >More via ScienceFriday

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NOAA – National Weather Service – USGS:  National Hydrologic Assessment of Spring Flooding Risk as of 3/3/2011 now available.  Current forecasts predict major flooding along the Upper Mississippi River.  Mapping of Streamflow Analysis, Current Soil Moisture and more for the United States. >Read More

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In another sad reminder of the undeniable, intrinsic link between our economy and our ecology,  recent projections (from Housing Predictor) that the ongoing Gulf oil leak could erode coastal property values in Louisiana and Mississippi by 30 percent.  Via NuWire Investor

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BP PLC was leasing the Deepwater Horizon rig when it exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and triggering the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.  As the Associated Press reports: “thick, sticky oil crept deeper into delicate marshes of the Mississippi Delta, an arrival dreaded for a month since the crude started spewing into […]

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