By: Debbie Elliott, NPR
All the dry weather means there's less water flowing through the once mighty river into the Gulf of Mexico, and low outflow means saltwater from the Gulf is creeping in.
By: Whet Moser, Chicago Mag
The upper Mississippi has avoided low-water shipping restrictions because of the lock-and-dam system, but the lower Mississippi has been operating under restrictions all summer due to the drought. And an 11-mile stretch was just closed yesterday, with no timetable for its opening. But ships on the river have been running at lower capacity with some frequency, due to consistent underfunding:
By: EYDER PERALTA, NPR
As The New York Times reported earlier today, the river's levels have plummeted under record droughts. To keep the river moving, the Army Corps of Engineers has been dredging up sediment to keep the river deep enough.
By: Jordan Blum, The Advocate
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., recently reached out to the U.S. Coast Guard for more ongoing assistance on cleanup and response pertaining to the 2010 BP oil leak.
By: Sun Herald
The National Wildlife Federation gave thanks to Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and Representatives Steven Palazzo, Gregg Harper, Alan Nunnelee, and Bennie Thompson for voting to pass the RESTORE Act!
By: The Disaffected Lib
America's drought has forced traffic closures on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin and Arkansas and in Mississippi it's not even knee deep in places.
By: Olivia Gordon, State Impact
The Midwest is going through one of the worst droughts in decades. The most recent US Drought Monitor map shows about a third of the Midwest experiencing extreme drought levels. More than 80 percent of Arkansas is in extreme drought, with 44 percent at the harshest level, exceptional drought, according to the map.But while all of this dryness is hurting farming, it’s actually helping the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico.
By: Mark Schleifstein, Times-Picayune
This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented a portfolio of wetland-restoration projects that it says should mitigate the impact of building levees in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The agency did not say how much the work would cost, but planners said earlier this year that they expect to spend about $252 million on restoration projects that stem from the construction of the 160-mile levee system.
By: Karen Grahamxz, Examiner
As iconic as the Washington Monument, as American as apple pie, and famous in song and stories, the Mississippi River is nothing less than America's river. Sometimes moody, and occasionally even lazy, and very often so powerful in it's reach that thousands of acres of farm and ranch lands can be inundated by it's yearly floods, the Mississippi is a waterway we depend on to move our goods.
By: Bob Marshall, Times-Picayune
When history looks back on the outcome of efforts to prevent southeast Louisiana from becoming part of the Gulf of Mexico, few headlines could turn out to be as significant as this one from Saturday's Times-Picayune: "Corps delays repairs on MR-GO." It wasn't the news that the chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. General Thomas Bostick, wants Louisiana to pay 35 percent of a $2.9 billion plan to repair damage from that project; we're always fighting the feds over dollars.
By: Ian McNulty, New Orleans Magazine
The Tabasco® brand is known across the globe as a symbol of Louisiana food and culture. Now, the leader of the family company that produces the famous hot pepper sauce is being lauded as a symbol of the effort to save Louisiana itself.
By: Oxfam America
Last week Oxfam, The Nature Conservancy, and Coast Builders Coalition hosted a forum, Rebuilding Our Economy, Restoring Our Environment in Thibodaux, Louisiana—ground zero for some of the most severe climate hazards that Louisiana has experienced. The forum brought together a diverse set of stakeholders from the private sector, government, workforce agencies, conservation and environmental organizations and community groups to promote workforce development and training in coastal restoration projects.
By: Associated Press, Times-Picayune
This year's Gulf of Mexico "dead zone," an area of low oxygen that develops every spring and summer, is the fourth-smallest since measurements of the zones began in 1985, a new report says. The zone measured 2,889 square miles, said the report released Friday by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. The dead zone forms because fertilizer and other nutrients run into the Mississippi River, which empties into the Gulf. The nutrients feed huge numbers of microscopic organisms. When they die, their decomposition uses up oxygen. It is a recurring problem affecting sea life off the Louisiana coast, and sometimes the coasts of Mississippi and Texas.
By: Elizabeth Skree, RESTORE The Mississippi River Delta
What are geosynthetics and why are they central to the creation of jobs and expansion of coastal restoration projects? A new Duke University study, “GEOSYNTHETICS: Coastal Management Applications in the Gulf of Mexico,” details how the emerging geosynthetics industry can create jobs benefitting nearly 200 employee locations in 36 states, including more than 72 in the five gulf states and 24 in Louisiana. Duke has also created an online interactive map showing firm-level data and firm locations by state and value chain segment.
By: Mark Schleifstein, Times-Picayune
New Orleans should be viewed as the "canary in the coal mine" for failures of the nation's infrastructure, including the more than 50 failures of floodwalls and levees during Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Tuesday told an audience of business, government and environmental leaders discussing how best to mitigate the damages of weather-caused disasters. Landrieu's comments were what he labeled a "clarion call" aimed at garnering national support for the state's $50 billion, 50-year master plan to build a sustainable coastline to protect New Orleans, other south Louisiana communities and coastal industries that include a significant share of the nation's oil and natural gas.