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  • Evacuations Ordered Along Mississippi River; Nat. Guard Activated in Missouri

    12/29/2015 12:28:16 PM PST · by maggief · 17 replies
    TWC ^ | December 29, 2015 | Sean Breslin
    No stranger to springtime flooding due to snowmelt, residents in states like Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Oklahoma are now preparing for something they aren't used to seeing: potentially historic floods in winter. Residents in several areas have already been pushed out of their homes by rising floodwaters, and the impacts are only expected to worsen in the coming days. The floods have already been responsible for at least 17 deaths in the Plains and Midwest. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon activated the National Guard to support emergency personnel and protect communities affected by the floods. Late Tuesday morning, the Mississippi...
  • After Waterway Closure, Minneapolis Sees An End To River Shipping[Asian Carp]

    06/22/2015 1:04:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 June 2015 | Matt Sepic
    It's late on a Tuesday morning and — as it's done every day for decades — the Patrick Gannaway towboat pushes its two barges up the Mississippi River right through downtown Minneapolis. To get its 2,400 tons of sand, gravel, and limestone past the river's only waterfall, the barges take a five-story vertical ride inside the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock. Deckhands squeeze everything into the narrow chamber and use a winch to take up the slack in the boat's steel cables. In a control room above, a lock operator closes the chamber's enormous gates before opening a valve and...
  • Traces of Ancient Earthquakes

    05/14/2015 12:45:29 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4/22/2016 | Becky Oskin
    PASADENA, Calif. — Shattered cave formations in the central United States may preserve one of the longest records of powerful earthquakes in this region. Historical records from European settlers provide vivid accounts of deadly earthquakes in states such as Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois. For instance, in 1811 and 1812, people saw the ground ripple like ocean waves when the New Madrid Fault Zone unleashed earthquakes thought to be greater than magnitude 8. However, no written accounts exist from before Europeans arrived. And most earthquake faults in the Midwest are hidden deep beneath the surface, so scientists can't dig into the...
  • Viking boats to cruise Mississippi River

    02/27/2015 4:37:13 AM PST · by iowamark · 47 replies
    Fortune ^ | 2/25/1015
    Viking Cruises will establish its first North American beachhead, a homeport in New Orleans, starting in 2017. Viking Cruises will establish its first North American beachhead, a homeport in New Orleans, and will offer cruises up the Mississippi River starting in 2017, the company and Louisiana officials announced. The move is seen as an effort to capitalize on rapidly growing interest in river cruises, which involve much smaller vessels than most ocean liners. The company — whose boats ply the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt — will begin cruising the Mississippi with two boats in late...
  • FBI warns of Islamic State threat to Mississippi River bridge

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned local authorities of a threat that Islamic State militants would blow up the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge spanning the Mississippi River, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. The bridge is a major route connecting Tennessee and Arkansas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation passed the threat on to local police in a bulletin out of an "abundance of caution," spokesman Chris Allen said. "This is an unsubstantiated, anonymous threat," he said, adding that there was no useful intelligence arising from it. Allen had no details on when the threat was received or how. The...
  • Louisiana Loses Its Boot (Interesting Pictures)

    09/18/2014 11:58:52 AM PDT · by blam · 66 replies
    Matter ^ | 9-8-2014 | Brett Anderson
    The boot-shaped state isnÂ’t shaped like a boot anymore. ThatÂ’s why we revised its iconic outline to reflect the truth about a sinking, disappearing place. By Brett AndersonSeptember 8, 2014 Photographs by William Widmer Illustrations by Matthew Woodson Early this year, I drove from Arnaudville, Louisiana, to Morgan City, hoping to walk where IÂ’d heard there was land. Arnaudville is in Cajun country, in the southern part of the state. Morgan City is roughly halfway between Lafayette and New Orleans, if you take the Highway 90 route. Directionally speaking, thatÂ’s all I knew. I was aware Arnaudville is just outside...
  • Delta Queen to sail away

    07/01/2014 4:59:34 PM PDT · by iowamark · 23 replies
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | June 15 2014 | Ellis Smith
    The wood frame of the Delta Queen steamboat creaks and groans as the old lady tugs passively against her moorings. Weather and time have taken their toll on the silent relic, which sits lashed to a storm-damaged quay along Chattanooga's Coolidge Park. Workers have long since battened down her hatches and blocked off her decks. The only sign of life is a fairly believable scarecrow, cobbled together using an old hat, a pair of boots and a duct-taped Dickies uniform. It sits in the shade with a fire ax across its lap to dissuade intruders. But the once-stately chunk of...
  • Vanity: Civil War Sesquicentennial Alert (July 4): The Union Capture of Vicksburg

    07/04/2013 2:28:45 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 53 replies
    justiceseeker93 | July 4, 2013 | justiceseeker93
    See comment below.
  • Holy Angel rescues man from Mississippi River

    06/06/2013 10:25:04 AM PDT · by netguide · 1 replies
    Crew members of the tugboat Holy Angel are being called heroes after rescuing a 22-year old Cape Girardeau man from the Mississippi River, south of Cape Girardeau. The rescue took place at about 7 a.m. Thursday.
  • Icy waters in North add to Mississippi River problems downstream

    01/01/2013 3:20:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | December 31, 2012 | National Corn Growers Association
    The coming new year brings intensified shipping difficulties for barge operators on the stretch of the Mississippi River just south of St. Louis. With ice on the river's northernmost stretch reducing water levels already seriously affected by the drought, traffic on the nation's largest waterway could come to a halt by Friday of next week. "While the drought is at the core of the current issues on the Mississippi, this situation also highlights the dire need for infrastructure improvements," said National Corn Growers Association Chairman Garry Niemeyer, a grower from Auburn, Ill. "At NCGA, we have been pushing for upgrades...
  • The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week

    12/28/2012 8:19:44 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI - AP ^ | 12-28-2012 | Jim Salter
    The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week Jim Salter, Associated PressDecember 28, 2012Wikimedia Commons ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warned Thursday that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis. Mike Petersen of the Army Corps of Engineers said ice on the northern Mississippi River is reducing the flow more than expected at the middle part of the river that is already at a low-water point unseen in decades, the...
  • Rock blasting set on drought-plagued Miss. River

    12/17/2012 4:28:12 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 17, 2012 | JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | Associated Press
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations that are impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway. Contractors from Iowa and Ohio could begin drilling holes into the troublesome Mississippi River bedrock south of St. Louis and detonating explosives inserted inside as early as Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers said. They expect to remove enough rock to fill about 50 dump trucks, possibly more. The demolition of the massive formations near Thebes, Ill., coincides with an unusual move...
  • APNewsBreak: Corps not budging on Miss. River flap

    12/07/2012 1:11:51 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 7, 2012 | By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | Associated Press
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge industry to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping despite mounting concerns about water levels. Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy, in a Thursday letter obtained by The Associated Press, told lawmakers from Mississippi River states she doesn't consider it necessary to boost Missouri River flows into the Mississippi — something the politicians urgently had sought. Darcy, a top Army Corps official, noted this week's revised National Weather Service...
  • Possible Mississippi River Shutdown Threatens Thousands of Jobs

    12/01/2012 5:14:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    KMOX-AM ^ | November 30, 2012 | Justin Wingerter
    It’s an issue that has plagued states along the Mississippi River for months and has now landed squarely on the desk of President Obama: how to prevent the imminent shutdown of commercial traffic along the nation’s largest waterway. A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the river, threatening barge traffic. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the President raised the issue with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, directing his administration to take “every step to mitigate” the situation. Carney added that there are a number...
  • Shippers seek White House's help to keep Mississippi River open

    11/28/2012 4:10:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | November 27, 2012 | Karl Plume
    Mississippi River barge operators and shipping groups on Tuesday asked U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency on the river and direct the Army Corps of Engineers to keep the drought-lowered waterway open to commercial traffic to avert an "economic catastrophe." Water on the Mississippi River along the busy stretch from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois was expected to recede to record-low levels by mid-December, effectively halting the flow of barges that carry billions of dollars worth of grain, coal, steel, fuel and other products. In a letter to the White House and the Federal Emergency Management...
  • 11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed

    08/20/2012 6:53:50 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 8/20/12 | ADRIAN SAINZ
    Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville, Miss., has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11, when a vessel ran aground. Tippets said the area is currently being surveyed for dredging and a Coast Guard boat is replacing eight navigation markers. He says 40 northbound vessels and 57 southbound vessels were stranded and waiting for passage Monday afternoon.
  • Drought Forces An 11 Mile Section Of The Mississippi River To Be Closed

    08/20/2012 8:21:38 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-20-2012 | Sam Ro
    Drought Forces An 11 Mile Section Of The Mississippi River To Be Closed Sam Ro Aug. 20, 2012, 6:29 PM The devastating U.S. drought has been causing water levels to fall in the Mississippi River. The AP's Adrian Sainz reports: Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville, Miss., has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11, when a vessel ran aground. ......
  • The Mighty Mississippi to Run Dry?

    08/06/2012 10:47:43 PM PDT · by Aquamarine · 61 replies ^ | August 7, 2012 | Robert Morley
    If the world’s largest navigable river system goes dry, the economic consequences will be felt around the world. What is the single greatest reason America is so wealthy? According to the analysts at Stratfor, it is because of a river. They have to be joking, right? What about America’s vast gold resources? What about its mountains of coal? America is the world’s third-largest oil producer—surely that is why. Then there is America’s temperate climate and fertile soils that traditionally make it the world’s breadbasket. And don’t forget America’s human capital, Yankee ingenuity, and Protestant work ethic. Surely these factors are...
  • Is This The Year The Atchafalaya River ‘Captures’ The Mississippi?

    05/18/2011 5:36:41 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies ^ | 5-16-11 | Forbes
    Could it happen this year? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forcing the river down a path it no longer wants to travel. Had the river gotten the best of the engineers in 1973 the Mississippi would not be the same river today–it would have forced a new path down the Atchafalaya basin, a course that is some 20 feet lower than the river’s current main stem, and which offers a 150-mile shorter path to the Gulf of Mexico. Its course has changed dozens of times over the millenia, “sweeping back and forth like a garden hose,” and will...
  • Jindal says Morganza Floodway to open Sat. or Sun.; tells parishes to begin evacuation notifications

    05/13/2011 2:20:28 PM PDT · by Qbert · 27 replies
    NOLA ^ | May 13, 2011 | Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune
    In a news conference in Baton Rouge Friday, Gov. Bobby Jindal said the Army Corps of Engineers has made it clear to him that it will order the Morganza Floodway to be opened on Saturday or on Sunday at the latest. “Now is the time to take action. Don’t delay, Don’t hope something will change,” Jindal said. Jindal said he has asked state officials to tell parish governments to begin notifying their residents in areas in the Atchafalaya River basin expected to be flooded to begin evacuations. Some parishes have told him that they will complete notifications of residents of...
  • Louisiana Governor: We’re Not Waiting for the Corps on Flooding Issues

    05/13/2011 10:42:41 AM PDT · by chemicalman · 10 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | May 13, 2011 | Associated Press
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said that while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not given specific time for opening the Morganza Spillway on the Mississippi River upstream from New Orleans to reduce the possibility of downstream flooding, state and local officials are taking action now to get prepared and constructing barriers to protect people and property from the flood. The Corps has said it would likely open the Spillway this weekend to divert Mississippi floodwaters into the Atchafalaya River basin, but it has not named a specific time for the opening. “We don’t have the time to wait for...
  • Mississippi River flooding in New Orleans area could be massive if Morganza spillway stays closed

    05/11/2011 8:09:34 AM PDT · by trumandogz · 62 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 5.11.11 | Mark Schleifstein
    If the Morganza Floodway is not opened to funnel 300,000 cubic feet per second of water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya River basin, the additional water could cause levees to fail along the river from Morganza to Plaquemines Parish, including all of the New Orleans area, resulting in as much as 25 feet of floodwater, according to a map provided to state officials by the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday.
  • Louisiana Governor Jindal: Get Ready to Get Out of Flood's Way

    05/10/2011 10:12:16 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 9:38 p.m. | MARY FOSTER & MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    BUTTE LAROSE, La. | Ripples of fear rose Tuesday along the normally placid bayous of the Atchafalaya basin, the corridor through which a torrent of surging water could be unleashed if authorities decide in coming days to ease the strain on Mississippi River levees by opening the Morganza Spillway northwest of Baton Rouge.
  • Mississippi crests in Memphis at nearly 48 feet crests in Memphis at nearly 48 feet

    05/10/2011 6:22:51 AM PDT · by GailA · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WREG TV Memphis ^ | 5/10/11 | N/A
    (AP) - The Mississippi River crested in Memphis at nearly 48 feet on Tuesday, falling inches short of its all-time record but still soaking low-lying areas with enough water to require a massive cleanup. National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Borghoff says the river reached 47.85 feet at 2 a.m. Tuesday and is expected to stay very close to that level for the next 24 to 36 hours. Reaching its high point means things shouldn't get worse in the area, but it will take weeks for the water to recede and much longer for inundated areas to recover. "Pretty much the...
  • Missouri takes levee battle to U.S. Supreme Court

    05/01/2011 2:38:38 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/01/2011 | Ashley Hayes
    Missouri on Sunday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a plan to intentionally breach a levee on the rain-swollen Mississippi River, flooding Missouri farmland in an effort to save an Illinois town. Earlier, Missouri filed a federal suit to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from following through on its plan to breach the Birds Point-New Madrid levee. A federal judge on Friday ruled against Missouri, saying a 1928 law permits the breach of the levee to ease pressure on the river. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed an application for an injunction to the high court on...
  • Judge rules Corps can move ahead with levee blast

    04/29/2011 6:36:17 AM PDT · by TSgt · 17 replies
    AP via KFVS ^ | Apr 29, 2011 9:14 AM EDT | Christy Hendricks
    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge is giving the go-ahead to the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to intentionally break a Mississippi River levee in southeastern Missouri. The break could happen as early as this weekend to spare a flood-threatened Illinois town just upriver. Friday's ruling in Cape Girardeau turns back Missouri's bid to block the corps from blasting a hole in the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, just south of Cairo, Ill. Missouri argued the floodwaters would ruin farmland and damage about 100 homes.
  • Major maybe record flooding likley along the lower OH river...then the MS river downstream

    first of all a huge tornado outbreak is becoming likley mon-weds over a wide area..after that the big story will the flooding already rivers are very high and are in flood,the ground is soaked, both the MS river and OH river and smaller rivers. 8-12 inches of rain is forecast over a very wide area the next few days. with isolated spots picking up more local NWS discussions both public and private suggest an "epic" event. The news media will be focused on the tornado side and with being a holiday weekend most people will not be paying attention This...
  • Senator Ask Kagan About “Twilight” During Hearing!

    07/01/2010 7:29:48 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 36 replies ^ | July 1, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    It’s getting absurd. The first time I heard it, my mouth dropped open at the sheer stupidity of Senator Klobuchar’s line of questioning. “You had an incredibly grueling day yesterday and you did incredibly well but I guess that means you missed themidnight debut of the third twilight movie last night… I keep wanting to ask you about the famous case of Edward vs Jacob or the vampire vs the werewolf?” Sure, I know that a little bit of levity is needed every now and then. But we are facing the lifetime appointment to one of the most important seats...
  • 35W bridge lawsuit: Engineering company predicted bridge collapse

    06/28/2010 4:31:13 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 3 replies
    KARE11.COM ^ | 28 JUNE 2010 | KARE11.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Explosive documents about the Interstate 35W bridge suggest the engineering company the state hired to make sure the bridge was safe actually predicted it would collapse months before it fell apart. The documents are part of a lawsuit victims are bringing against California based URS Corporation. They accuse the firm of predicting a catastrophic event, but allegedly not telling anyone about it. The thought has been tough to swallow for the victims of that day in August 2007, when 13 people lost their lives and well over 100 were injured. "I remember until probably about 5:15 that day,"...
  • Weirdest Paddlefish Story EVER

    03/13/2009 5:37:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 1,285+ views
    Riverfront Times ^ | Friday, Mar. 13 2009 | Nicholas Phillips
    By Nicholas Phillips in Science & TechnologyFriday, Mar. 13 2009 @ 10:28AMDo you know what the Show-Me state's official aquatic animal is? Wrong. It's the paddlefish. And some pretty weird shit has gone down with Missouri's paddlefish this year, according to the Department of Conservation's press release issued Thursday. This is a paddlefish. For starters, the state's Blind Poney Hatchery near Sweet Springs reported a freakishly huge crop of young paddlefish ready to be stocked in the Missouri lakes and streams, thanks to good weather and water temperature. Normally when they raise these things, only about 15 to 20...
  • Mysterious Explosions Reported Near Mississippi River in Minneapolis

    02/19/2009 9:57:48 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,101+ views
    MY FOX TWIN ^ | Thursday, 19 Feb 2009, 8:58 PM CST | Tom Lyden
    MINNEAPOLIS - SNIPPET: "According to the Minneapolis Police Department, more than 100 loud booms have been heard since last summer, always at night, and often on a Wednesday or a Friday. The most recent reports are all coming from a stretch along the Mississippi River, between Lake Street and the Ford bridge. About half the reports turn out to be either electrical transformers or fireworks -- but the other half are unidentified exploding objects."
  • Mississippi River closed [from New Orleans] to Gulf of Mexico

    07/24/2008 8:48:29 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 35 replies · 227+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 7-24-08 | Ramon Antonio Vargas
    Eliot Kamenitz / The Times-PicayuneWorkers along the Mississippi River try to contain the hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel oil from a barge and ship collision on Wednesday. The river is now closed to the Gulf of Mexico. The massive oil spill that remains a major threat to the area's fragile delta ecosystem now stretches from New Orleans to the mouth of the Mississippi River -- a distance of 100 miles, Coast Guard officials said early Thursday.
  • Thief Drives Stolen Squad Car Into River

    06/30/2008 5:44:03 PM PDT · by Prole · 6 replies · 201+ views
    The Times Picayune ^ | June 30, 2008 | Meghan Gordon
    Fleeing from St. Charles Parish authorities, a River Ridge man drove a stolen Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office squad car into the Mississippi River early Sunday, according to both law enforcement agencies. David Mitchell Jr., 22, of River Ridge managed to get out of the car as it started to sink about 30 yards from the river bank, said Capt. Patrick Yoes of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office. A towboat operator dragged Mitchell aboard after he struggled in the current for some time. The incident started in Metairie at about 6:10 a.m., when a Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy, after investigating...
  • Warning! Warning! The Water Is Coming New Orleans !!

    06/16/2008 2:34:33 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 39 replies · 152+ views
    Hey "School-Bus" Nagin, Has anyone told you the water is coming! No, it's not a hurricane. It's weird, all that flood water from your neighbors to the north just happens to run south, right down the middle of your city! You're been warned! ...for what good that will do.
  • Manatee found dead on banks of McKellar Lake (Memphis Update)

    12/11/2006 3:46:18 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 40 replies · 2,281+ views
    WMC TV - Memphis ^ | December 11, 2006 | Staff
    A manatee that traveled 720 miles up the Mississippi River to Memphis in October and eluded his would-be rescuers was found dead today on the banks of a lake. Police said the manatee was discovered around 1:30 p.m. at Lake McKellar, a slackwater lake off the Mississippi River south of Memphis. The manatee was first spotted in October in the Wolf River harbor just north of the densely populated downtown area. But the animal disappeared a few days later and wasn't seen again until its body was found today. Sea World officials say they have no plans to return to...
  • Manatee found in Mississippi near Memphis

    10/23/2006 9:14:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 1,776+ views ^ | October 23, 2006
    Excerpt - MEMPHIS, Tenn. Memphis authorities are trying to figure out how a manatee believed to be from Florida got so far up the Mississippi River. The eight- to ten-foot manatee was spotted today splashing and surfacing in a tributary of the Mississippi called Wolf River, near downtown Memphis. ~ snip ~
  • Time to Move the Mississippi, Experts Say

    09/23/2006 8:22:42 AM PDT · by UpTurn · 26 replies · 1,003+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2006 | Cornelia Dean
    Scientists have long said the only way to restore Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands is to undo the elaborate levee system that controls the Mississippi River, not with the small projects that have been tried here and there, but with a massive diversion that would send the muddy river flooding wholesale into the state’s sediment-starved marshes. And most of them have long dismissed the idea as impractical, unaffordable and lethal to the region’s economy. Now, they are reconsidering. In fact, when a group of researchers convened last April to consider the fate of the Louisiana coast, their recommendation was unanimous: divert the...
  • Time to Move the Mississippi, Experts Say

    09/19/2006 10:55:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 2,175+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 19, 2006 | CORNELIA DEAN
    Scientists have long said the only way to restore Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands is to undo the elaborate levee system that controls the Mississippi River, not with the small projects that have been tried here and there, but with a massive diversion that would send the muddy river flooding wholesale into the state’s sediment-starved marshes. And most of them have long dismissed the idea as impractical, unaffordable and lethal to the region’s economy. Now, they are reconsidering. In fact, when a group of researchers convened last April to consider the fate of the Louisiana coast, their recommendation was unanimous: divert the...
  • State Lawmakers Challenge New Federal Regulations on Mississippi River

    03/29/2006 6:50:07 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 2 replies · 242+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | March 29, 2006 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, WI (AP) -- Plans for new federal regulations in the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge may violate the Wisconsin Constitution, a group of state lawmakers contends.Eight lawmakers from western Wisconsin - six Republicans and two Democrats - say they believe the state constitution permits only the Legislature to protect the state's navigable waters, including the portion of the refuge that falls within the state's jurisdiction. They have asked Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager to draft a legal opinion addressing their argument. "We are responsible for protecting those waters for the benefit of the public and we are without...
  • "Louisiana has issued no call for help and will not."

    09/16/2005 3:06:43 PM PDT · by Ozone34 · 8 replies · 805+ views
    Parker was prideful. A few months earlier the Mississippi River had flooded a million acres of Louisiana and left 40,000 people homeless. The entire Louisiana congressional delegation had pleaded with him to ask for federal aid, or at least help from the national Red Cross. He had refused to do either, stating, "Louisiana has issued no call for help and will not."
  • Greens vs. Levees - Destructive river-management philosophy

    09/08/2005 6:01:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies · 2,187+ views
    National Review online ^ | September 8, 2005 | John Berlau
    With all that has happened in the state, it’s understandable that the Louisiana chapter of the Sierra Club may not have updated its website. But when its members get around to it, they may want to change the wording of one item in particular. The site brags that the group is “working to keep the Atchafalaya Basin,” which adjoins the Mississippi River not far from New Orleans, “wet and wild.” These words may seem especially inappropriate after the breaking of the levee that caused the tragic events in New Orleans last week. But “wet and wild” has a larger significance...
  • Mississippi River partially reopened for daytime navigation

    09/06/2005 11:27:23 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 394+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | September 6, 2005
    Mississippi partially reopened with navigation WASHINGTON - Mississippi, one of the principal arteries of transport of the consumer goods, is partially reopened with navigation, more than one week after the passage of the Katrina cyclone, indicated to Tuesday a person in charge for the port of New-Orleans. "the river has been reopened for two days with the ships of 35 piedsmeters) with draught but only navigation of day", according to Gary LaGrange, the president of the port of New-Orleans questioned by the chain of television CNBC. Many barges, barges and other boats were projected on banks of Mississippi by...
  • Big Oil Spill Spotted Near Tanks on Miss.

    09/02/2005 10:50:20 AM PDT · by seacapn · 14 replies · 850+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 2, 2005 | AP Staff
    NEW ORLEANS Sep 2, 2005 — A huge oil spill was spotted near two storage tanks on the Mississippi River downstream from New Orleans, state officials said Friday. The oil was seen in a flyover to the Venice area by the Department of Environmental Quality. "Two tanks with the capacity of holding 2 million barrels appear to be leaking," the department said in a statement. No further details were given.
  • Mess on the Mississippi

    09/02/2005 10:37:00 AM PDT · by topher · 34 replies · 1,161+ views
    Wall Street Journal page B1 (online subscription required) ^ | September 2, 2005 | Dan Machalaba, Jeff D. Opdyke, Ken Wells
    Damage to Coastal Marshes May Mean Lasting Problems For Nation's Vital River. As state and federal officials grapple with massive human toll wrought by one of the most powerful hurricanes to ravage the US coastline, evidence mounted that the storm also damaged the critical Mississippi River shipping corridor south of New Orleans as weell as the remote towns and ecologically sensitive marches that surround it. Photographs and first-hand accounts from helicopter pilots, boat captains and engineers working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicate that the main channel of the river remains intact. But the surrounding nub of land...
  • Bottled-Up River Prevents Ships From Reaching Gulf (rail, truck, barge - diverting to new ports)

    09/02/2005 3:18:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies · 1,050+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 2, 2005 | Joseph Menn and Claire Hoffman
    ...And they may see an increase in coffee prices. New Orleans, one the nation's biggest coffee ports, holds about 8% of the world's supply, and coffee industry experts predicted that the loss of the tens of thousands of tons stored there would take a year to replace. Coffee contracts have risen 11% this week in New York trading. ...One major impediment to reopening the port is the lack of workers, LaGrange said, because many port employees have left the flood-ravaged city. In addition, railroads that serve the port were still having to route trains around New Orleans because of damage...
  • Mississippi River - Return to normal level of river commerce will take months

    08/31/2005 2:15:18 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 606+ views
    The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) ^ | August 31, 2005 | TIMOTHY BOONE
    It could take months for maritime commerce in south Louisiana along the Mississippi River to return to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels, said the director of the Port of New Orleans. “In Plaquemines Parish, they can’t even tell where the ship channel was,” said Gary LaGrange, head of the New Orleans port. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is so busy trying to repair the levees around New Orleans that they can’t release the personnel to go out to Southwest Pass and map the channel.” LaGrange, who was temporarily working out of the Port of West St. Mary Wednesday, said he...
  • The Nature Conservancy joins forces with the US Corps of Engineers

    06/26/2004 10:44:36 AM PDT · by madfly · 24 replies · 361+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | 6-23-2004 | Joyce Morrison
    OPINION -- The Mighty Mississippi River is truly unique - it is the main artery dividing the East from the West. This magnificent river is multi-purpose. The river supports habitat for all kinds of plant and animal species on its many islands and along the extensive shoreline. There are hundreds of little fingers and coves where recreation abounds, while co-existing with many species that call the river area their home. Long overdue legislation has been introduced authorizing 1200 foot locks to be built on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to replace the outdated 600 foot locks. The shipping industry, commercial...
  • Louisiana - Offshore supply boat sinks after collision with container ship - Crew missing

    02/21/2004 10:28:28 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 226+ views
    Associated Press | February 21, 2004
    VENICE, La. (AP) — An offshore supply vessel with a crew of five sank after colliding with a container ship about 5:20 a.m. Saturday near the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard rescue boat was at the scene by 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and was searching for the crew of the Lee III, Coast Guard Petty Officer Jonathan McCool said. He said the rescue crew saw the Lee III sink, but had not found anyone several hours after the accident. If the crew members were not wearing their life jackets, they probably did not...
  • Three Killed in Small Jet Crash in Ohio

    04/08/2003 8:46:20 PM PDT · by TravisBickle · 3 replies · 276+ views
    las Vegas Sun ^ | 4/7/03 | JOHN SEEWER
    SWANTON, Ohio (AP) - A twin-engine jet crashed in flames Tuesday as it approached the Toledo airport, killing all three people on board, a sheriff said. The Falcon 20 turbo jet, which had left from Traverse City, Mich., went down about 2 p.m. in a nature preserve a mile southwest of the airport. The flames were extinguished about two hours later. Killed were Dave Davenport, 40, of Elmore, Ohio; Will Forshay, 37, of Maumee, Ohio; and Wallis Bouldin, 34, of Louisville, Ky., the State Highway Patrol said. The three were employees of Grand Aire Inc., a charter company based in...