Smithsonian: Is $30 Million Enough to Save the Mississippi River Basin?Posted Nov 20, 2015
Dubbed Big Muddy, the Mississippi river stretches more than 2,300 miles from its start as the Missouri in Montana to its delta in Louisiana. Its tributaries drain parts of 31 states and two Canadian provinces, making it the fourth largest watershed in the world.
The Mississippi is a vital part of the ecosystems it touches as well as the U.S. economy—transporting $54 billion in agricultural products every year. But pollution and mismanagement have led... Read More »
Chicago Tribune: Opinions sought for DuPage River improvementsPosted Nov 13, 2015
Homeowners affected by flooding from the DuPage River will have a chance to express their concerns to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the agency conducts a study of the river.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is embarking on a three-year study of the watershed. The study is expected to cost $3 million and when completed will include proposals to address flooding problems along the river.
"The detail of the study will be enough to come up with a good plan, get a good cost (estimate) and a... Read More »
The State Journal-Register: Jacksonville to break ground on new water treatment plantPosted Nov 06, 2015
JACKSONVILLE — Too much water is not good for a water treatment plant, as residents in Jacksonville discovered in June 2011.
"We had 10 to 15 inches of rain in one day," said Jack Cosner, Jacksonville utilities superintendent. "The storm came down and just sat there on top of the watershed. Within 20 minutes, we went from dry ground to having 4 to 5 feet of water completely around the water plant."
Eventually, water inundated the inside of the plant, shutting down production.... Read More »
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