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Plenty of Sources for Good Information on Water, Rivers, and the Mississippi River

Sometimes it seems that there are as many sources of good information about the Mississippi River (and, by extension, rivers in general and water issues more broadly) as there are tributaries of the river itself.  In fact, that would be a pretty interesting infographic, but maybe we’ll pick that thread up another time.

Here are a half dozen or so regularly updated sources that we try to keep track of:

The Mississippi River Basin blog published weekly by Mark Gorman of the Northeast-Midwest Institute covers a LOT of territory.  At its heart, though, is a compilation of policy-related news, largely originating from Washington DC.  If you want the latest on the Farm Bill, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) or such like, this is a very good place to start.  The “last word” feature reminds us that there’s more to life than policy analysis!

Circle of Blue is a very wide-ranging program offering insights on water issues from all over the world.  The “Federal Water Tap” blog is a regular feature focusing largely on agency actions.

While we’re in the world of federal actions, it’s worth taking a regular look at the US EPA blog “Water Headlines.”  Here you can find many links to sources of more detailed information such as webinars, fact sheets, announcements and reports.

The Tulane Institute on Water Resource Law and Policy offers “Waterways,” a pretty specialized look at current trends in legal and policy affairs.  There is understandably a lot of information on the Gulf Coast and litigation issues concerning that landscape, but research reports and other data sources are here as well.

The newsletter from the Iowa Water Center at Iowa State University is particularly strong on agriculture-related water news and analysis.

Finally (for this post, anyway) the “Waterfront Bulletin” from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency highlights a broad array of state water news from Minnesota.  Featured articles are usually, although not always, focused on activities from public agencies at the state and local level.

So there you have it: six sources of information and updates that reflect our location in the upper reaches of the vast Mississippi River basin.  Do let us know what you’re reading and learning from!

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One Comment

  1. Mark GormanAugust 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for the “plug” and all of your terrific posts!

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