Tag Archives: Mississippi River Basin

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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Government Efforts Focus on Mississippi Water Quality

The Mississippi River helps create $105 billion worth of U.S. gross domestic product and provides 18 million people with drinking water. New and continuing efforts are under way to improve and assess water quality. From Sept. 12 to 14, the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative held its first meeting, a 2-day conference with 41 […]

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EPA Wrestles With Nutrient Plan for Mississippi River

The threat of legal action by environmental groups is pushing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt strict nutrient criteria for the Mississippi River with the goal of resolving Gulf of Mexico hypoxia. The National Academy of Sciences has advised that EPA adopt numeric nutrient criteria, while many lawmakers are ready to fight more […]

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