More Action for the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan

The Gulf Hypoxia Task Force met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 16. It was a gathering with some historical significance. The Task Force, composed of states along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and key federal agencies, last met in that city in October 2000, when the participants signed the first version of the Action Plan for Reducing Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Nutrient pollution in the Gulf of Mexico caused by runoff from about 40...

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The Muddy & Flood-y Mississippi River

Drone footage provided by Alex Fisher The powerful energy our river provides is often underestimated until the waters begin to rise. The beginning of our spring proved this to be true, contributing to record flooding in Nebraska, and challenging historic levels in Iowa. Where I am located, in Alton, Illinois, we are looking to crest at 35.5 feet on May 4, which is just seven feet shy of our record crest in 1993, 42.2 feet. Hoses line...

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Entitlement and Privilege

Entitlement and Privilege   Freshwater is the one essential resource that every living thing has to have. No matter what you are, what complexion, what you believe in, where you come from, who you voted for, what you do, how rich, how poor- we are all entitled to have freshwater. Industries are constantly buying land connected to the river, building silos, docks, conveyer belts and natural gas hubs and tapping into the approximately 1.5...

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Dead Zone Bigger than Ever – Report Reveals America’s Largest Meat Companies’ Role in Polluting Gulf of Mexico

Guest blog by Matt Rota, Gulf Restoration Network Originally posted August 2, 2017 on the Gulf Restoration Network Website https://healthygulf.org/blog/dead-zone-bigger-ever-report-reveals-americas-largest-meat-companies-role-polluting-gulf-mexico   Today, researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU) and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) announced that the 8,776 square mile (New Jersey-sized) Dead Zone is the...

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Mississippi River Mayors Speak Up for Clean Water

Mississippi River Mayors Speak Up for Clean Water July 10, 2017 Contact: Brooke Thurau, Mississippi River Network, 312-754-0407 (Chicago) — Seventeen mayors from states along the Mississippi River spoke up today about the need for increased efforts to improve water quality and reduce flooding impacts. The mayors threw their support behind the development of metrics and funding mechanisms for the implementation of state Nutrient Reduction...

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Little Orange Stream

The little stream was bright orange behind my grade school. Even as a first grader in the late 1960s in those days before the first Earth Day and before the Clean Water Act, I knew that it was bad to have an orange stream. The unnatural color came from a steel plant. People in the small northern Ohio town had jobs at the plant and chose not to complain about the orange color and chemical smell. Folks in neighboring communities downstream...

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Electrified Fish Fences and Oil Slicks: One Woman’s Paddling Adventure

Beginning mid-August, Margo Pellegrino will paddle her outrigger canoe from Chicago to New Orleans with the hopes of raising awareness about water quality issues. The journey will take her through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (a human-made “hydrologic connection between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basins”),¹ down the Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, to Kentucky Lake, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and...

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