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Busy Week!

January 22, 2013Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on Busy Week!

Last week was a busy time, both on the Mississippi River itself and in the various places where river-oriented science, policy, and community engagement take place.  As is our usual practice, we follow Mark Gorman of the Northeast-Midwest Institute for connections to conversations we want to “listen in on.”  Here are some of the links posted @NEMWIUpperMiss:

Reuters reports that prospects for continued navigation on the Mississippi are looking brighter with rain in the forecast.  The “shipping superhighway” had been predicted to close without rain, threatening job loss and other economic troubles.

Many in the navigation industry had urged President Obama to order release of water from the Missouri River to alleviate low levels on the Mississippi, but as this report shows, the Missouri has troubles of its own.

Farther south, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and something called The Idea Village (great name!) are posing the question: how can we live better with water?

On much the same subject, the Southeast Tennessee Development District has posted a link to a Green Infrastructure Handbook for Local Governments.

And to show the range of discussions taking place, the Wetlands Initiative is hosting an event in the Chicago area on wetland restoration in urban environments.

Chicago is also a hot spot for people concerned about keeping Asian carp from moving out of the Mississippi River basin into the Great Lakes, an effort which is expected in become more costly.

Maybe an app will help.  The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network has one!

Chicago is not the only city wrestling with the Asian carp problem.  The Minnesota DNR is deciding which of three possible approaches might work best at the Ford Lock and Dam, located between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

If you can tear yourself away from worrying about aquatic invasive species, the EPA has a fact sheet on Low Impact Development that has just been published.

Finally, part of the payoff from all of these efforts concerning our rivers is to make rivers more of an asset for cities and the people who live in them.  Cincinnati has found this out, as its waterfront plan demonstrates.

Obviously, there’s too much happening for one person to keep track of all of the activities taking place advancing the goals of making our rivers more sustainable and resilient, and the riverfronts more inclusive.  Work of people like Mark Gorman is invaluable to all of us trying to monitor developments and spread the word.  Follow him at the Twitter feed listed above or at his Mississippi River Basin blog.



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