By: STL Beacon
Over the past few years, the area where the Mississippi River connects with the Gulf of Mexico has been battered and ravaged by storms and hurricanes, not to mention the spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
By: St. Louis Business Journal
A water war is bubbling up in the Midwest as water levels along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are becoming increasingly scarce.
By: KNOE 8 News
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported today that only seven percent of the country is currently covered by snow, the lowest percentage in recorded history. Not good news considering that 60.2 percent of the contiguous United States was still under moderate to extreme drought conditions at the end of October, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
By: R. King Milling, St. Louis Post Dispatch
Disasters remind us of what we value most yet often take for granted. They tend to expose our failures as a society to face reality and do what is necessary to safeguard our vital assets. Recent Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, for instance, served as tragic reminders that our coastal cities are more vulnerable than ever to increasingly powerful storms, sea level rise and coastal erosion.
By: Buddy Garcia, Houston Chronicle
Having served on both the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission of Texas, I have seen our coast as an environmental ecosystem with fisheries and natural habitats worthy of conservation and as an energy resource critical to the nation for its sustainable security and economic health. We enjoy a robust economy in Texas, and much of our economy depends on a strong, resilient coast.
By: San Antonio Express
Having the distinct honor of serving on both the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Railroad Commission, I have seen our coast as an environmental ecosystem with fisheries and natural habitats worthy of conservation and as an energy resource critical to the nation for its sustainable security and economic health.
By: The Times-Picayune
Louisiana officials are scrambling to prepare plans for dozens of coastal restoration projects in anticipation of the arrival of billions of dollars in BP oil spill fine money, the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority was told Wednesday.
Mississippi River water levels are reaching near-record lows. Sections of the middle Mississippi River may become obstructed in December by rock outcrops in southern Illinois. The Army Corps of Engineers plan to remove the rock pinnacles in February, but river navigation industry leaders say that's not soon enough.
By: The Kansas City Star
The Mississippi River could be too shallow for barge traffic between St. Louis and Cairo in two weeks due to decreasing water levels.
By: Chris O'Shea Roper and Tom Linton, Galveston Daily News
We were privileged to be invited to attend a kick-off session for a new project sponsored by the General Land Office and the Texas Railroad Commission called “Strong Coast, Strong Texas.” The impetus for the project is the idea of sustainable development or sustainability.
By: The Des Moines Register
A draft of a widely anticipated state report that was expected to lay out detailed plans on curtailing pollutants from Iowa farms and sewage treatment plants instead features passages that closely resemble position statements from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.
By: U.S. Senator David Vitter's Office
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today emphasized the need to include reforms to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Sens. Vitter and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) along with all Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee wrote to Chairman Barbara Boxer expressing their desire to work in a bipartisan manner, which would include making reforms to the Corps of Engineers. Boxer is holding a WRDA hearing tomorrow.
By: The Town Talk
Louisiana contributes about 2 percent of the contaminants that fuel the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone, where algae blooms caused by nutrient-rich runoff suck oxygen from the water and render it incapable of supporting aquatic life that can't swim away, like mussels and crabs.
By: The Commercial Appeal
If the I-40 bridge across the Mississippi River at Memphis suddenly threatened to drop into the water public officials and politicians would instantly take steps to keep the disaster from happening.
By: America's WETLAND Foundation
Fans at the New Orleans Saints game on Monday night will see an America’s WETLAND Foundation video that dramatically shows LSU’s Tiger Stadium filling up with water to demonstrate the size of the continuous land loss that eats away at Louisiana’s coast.