Eyewitness Accounts of the Great Floods of 2011

The following is a kaleidoscope of fragmented images & paragraphs like the reflections & refractions you see in a pool of water where a stone has been tossed and the waves start criss-crossing each other.  Sorry for the disjointed thoughts & visions & repetitions of sentence & syntax, but I guess this is in the spirit of the flooding river herself! For some advance photos of the 2011 Flood Expedition Memphis to Vicksburg go...

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Flooding Could Create Long-Term Toxicity

Incredible amounts of flooding through the Mississippi has forced levees to be blown up, crops to be damaged and people forced out of their home. But the worst is yet to come. Pollution from farms accumulated at even higher rates this year due to floods will likely create the largest Dead Zone in the history of the earth. To combat this, we need greater protection of wetlands. Wetlands act as a sponge, soaking up water and holding it there while...

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Flooding Debate in CNN

With the flooding of the Mississippi has come a flooding of news and opinion about the River. Some of these stories are better than others. For some great coverage on the causes of the floods and some real solutions (as opposed to band-aids,) read this Op-Ed on CNN.com by The Audubon Society. The Audubon Society is a member of the Mississippi River...

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Removing Drain Tiles

Mississippi River Network Member, The Wetlands Initiative has recently begun dismantling drainage tiles at the Grant Creek Restoration Project. The tiles were installed when the land was being used for agriculture. By rapidly directing water away from the land, the wetlands became dry. Not only were native plants and species no longer able to thrive here, but the land became unable to act as a sponge for floodwaters. Thankfully, the Wetlands...

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Condolences for Flood Victims

As the Mississippi River rises to levels not seen since the flood of 1927, we at 1 Mississippi offer our condolences to the many people who may be affected by high water levels. Our thoughts are especially with the people in Louisiana as they face anxiety over tension in their levees yet again, and with the farmers in Iowa whose farmlands may be flooded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our River is a mighty...

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Flooding River Means Flooding Farms?

The Mississippi River is experiencing flooding surpassing levels experienced in 1927. In the year of that flood, the River rose to 56.6 feet in Natchez, Mississippi. The National Weather Service is predicting the River will rise to 60 feet next month. The flooding was so severe in 1927 that the following year the first comprehensive flood control plan in the United States was enacted. This plan included the buidling of levees up and down the...

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Missouri River Controversy

The Missouri River, a major tributary to the Mississippi River, is the subject of a multi-state controversy. U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) backed a plan to cut a $25 million Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS) from the remaining Fiscal Year 2011 budget calling it “redundant.” The amendment passed. The study sought to determine whether the current uses of the Missouri River are the most fiscally beneficial for the...

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