Local officials want to reassure residents about their drinking water, even amid questions about health risks and who will pay to clean up the contamination.
Impacts of dry conditions range from barge slowdowns to water main breaks caused by shifting dry ground.
The Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk asked for audience questions and perspectives while reporting its series, When it Rains.
Unprecedented heavy rains are increasing throughout the Mississippi River basin, changing communities and posing new challenges for farmers.
Regulated industries in 2020 released at least 94.5 million pounds of potentially harmful nitrates into the Mississippi River basin. But some releases go untallied.