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Digging for mussels on the Mississippi

Adam Thiese of the DNR digging for mussels on the Mississippi

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  • Illinois Governor Considers Separating Great Lakes, Mississippi River (Washington Post) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday that separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River systems is the “ultimate solution” to prevent voracious Asian carp from overrunning the lakes, a potential step toward resolving a longstanding regional feud.
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  • Mississippi River Towns Brace for Flood (Des Moines Register) – The Mississippi River was expected to crest Sunday in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, but officials say flooding is likely to continue for several days.
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  • NRCS Invests in Conservation for Mississippi Health (Ag Professional) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment of $59 million this year from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the health of the Mississippi River basin, making a total of approximately $289 million for the initiative that reduces nutrient and sediment run-off.
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  • 60-Year-Old Mississippi Levee Plan Under Review (Washington Post) – An engineering project introduced during the Eisenhower administration may be carried out during the Obama administration, but with no more consensus now than over the past 60 years. (2/10/13)
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  • Mississippi River Caucus Launched in U.S. Senate (Quad City Times) – A new Senate caucus has been formed to advance Mississippi River issues to address flood fighting and commercial issues, as well as provide general assistance to river communities.
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  • Meeting Addresses Mississippi Navigation (Radio Iowa) – Iowa’s governor and lieutenant governor will be among the participants in a panel discussion in Davenport today about Mississippi River trade infrastructure. (2/5/13)
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  • Barges Stuck After Oil Spill (NBC News) – More than 50 vessels idled on the water for a fourth day Wednesday, while authorities said they still did not know when they would be able to reopen a 16-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that was closed due to an oil spill. (1/29/13)
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  • Barge Collides with Bridge, Spills Oil (NBC News) – A barge carrying 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., on Sunday, spilling light crude into the Mississippi River. (1/28/13)
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  • Climate Change Hits the Mississippi River (The Daily Beast) – For months along the Mississippi River here, the withering drought has caused record-breaking low water levels that have threatened to shut down traffic on the world’s largest navigable inland waterway. (1/18/13)
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  • Mississippi River Level Disrupts Supply Chain (NPR) – The Mississippi River is at historically low levels. The Army Corps of Engineers says the river will likely be able to stay open through January, but soon it may be too shallow in parts for barge traffic. There have been calls for the corps to release water from reservoirs along the Mississippi. (1/9/13)
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  • From China to the Mississippi (IowaNow) – On July 23, some of China’s finest high school students visited the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station (LACMRERS) near Muscatine, Iowa (7/27/12)
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  • Mississippi River Nears Record Lows (CNN) — The “Mighty Mississippi” has lost some of its might with the season’s epic drought taking its toll on river levels, which are falling to near historic lows (7/20/12)
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