Tag Archives: Mississippi River Basin

New EPA report examines point source progress in Hypoxia Task Force states

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a first-ever report that addresses the extent of nitrogen and phosphorus monitoring including discharge limits for major water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) within the 12 states comprising the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF). Established in 1997, the HTF is a partnership of 12 states, five federal agencies, and a […]

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Stormwater Park Demonstrates Green Infrastructure

  . On Sept. 19, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO; Minneapolis, Minn.) celebrated the completion of a unique stormwater park and learning center. It is a public park that showcases green infrastructure. “We have built a beautiful green space for people to enjoy, but more importantly, it’s a place where people can see what […]

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Illinois Releases Nutrient Reduction Strategy

On July 21, Illinois released a final state plan to prevent nutrients from entering waterways and eventually polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is considered the state’s most comprehensive and integrated approach to nutrient loss reduction and will help prevent millions of pounds of nutrients — from farm fields, city […]

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EPA Need Not Make Decision on Nutrient Limits for Mississippi River Basin

On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not need to determine whether states in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin need new or revised water quality standards for nitrogen and phosphorus. The Mississippi River carries nutrient pollution to the Gulf of Mexico, where […]

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Sensors Provide Daily Nitrate Data in Mississippi River Basin

Announced in November, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) article published in Environmental Science & Technology describes how advanced optical sensor technology on small streams and large rivers throughout the Mississippi River basin are helping to accurately track nitrate pulses to the Gulf of Mexico. USGS is using the sensors to collect nitrate concentration data every hour. […]

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Universities to Aid in Mississippi River Basin Nutrient Reduction

Of the 12 states participating in the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force, ten have submitted either draft or final plans to reduce nutrient runoff and reduce hypoxia in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. Implementation, funding, and data collection are the biggest challenges facing states in relation to the plans. On […]

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USDA to Provide Assistance to Improve Water Quality

On May 21, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $33 million in assistance to farmers and ranchers. The money will be used on conservation improvements that will enhance water quality in 174 watersheds. The funding is being provided through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), administered by […]

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USGS Data Shows Nitrate Increases in Mississippi River Basin

On April 11, as part of Water Week 2014, the Water Environment Federation and the Northeast Midwest Institute hosted a briefing by the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) on Capitol Hill. The briefing focused on findings and trends in nutrients and pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers. Speakers primarily discussed the Mississippi […]

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EPA Stays Decision on Mississippi Basin Numeric Nutrient Criteria

On March 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit approved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request to stay a decision on whether the agency must provide numeric nutrient criteria for Mississippi River Basin states. In a previous 2013 U.S. District Court ruling, EPA was given until March 19 to determine whether […]

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Conservation Practices Make Significant Contributions to Mississippi River Water Quality

On July 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released information on its Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative. During the last 4 years, NRCS has devoted $341 million to 640 small priority watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin. With financial and technical assistance from NRCS, farmers have built conservation practices […]

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