A coalition of Mississippi River mayors is celebrating the Senate approval of a lower river basin plan. At their annual meeting in St. Louis, members of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) discussed policy priorities and strategized ways to benefit the region.
As silver carp draw most attention, more than two dozen other invasive species inch closer to the Mississippi River Basin.
State fish consumption guidelines often conflict along the shared body of water, making it difficult to make informed health decisions.
“For years, Minnesota has struggled to reduce the farm pollution that runs into streams, lakes, the Mississippi River and eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. Crop breeders are working on 16 perennial and winter annual crops to suck up that nutrient pollution before it escapes.
The Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative was introduced in Congress. It could help fight invasive species, complete restoration projects, improve water quality and protect against flood damage.
Nearly 30 years of data show increasingly wet conditions in the floodplain that runs from Minnesota through Wisconsin and Iowa to Cairo, Illinois.
The cutthroat trout virus was found among hundreds of thousands of brown trout that the state Department of Natural Resources released from state hatcheries into surrounding waterways.