Mississippi River

Soil Conservation, Cleaner Waterways
11:26 am
Mon October 6, 2014

NRCS's Kirk Hanlin Pushes Cover Crops

Sunset over the Mississippi River at Nauvoo.
Credit Michael Whiffen

Kirk Hanlin calls soil, "dirt where you want it." 

Hanlin, assistant chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Hamilton, Illinois, and now has a second home in Nauvoo. 

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Contingent on Sales Tax Approval
8:14 am
Thu July 10, 2014

MODOT Could Elevate Flooded Highway in Clark County

Highway 61 between Alexandria, Mo. and the Iowa state line remains closed due to flooding.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Improvements could be made to a highway in Clark County that is prone to flooding, as long as voters support a new sales tax next month.

The stretch of Highway 61 between Alexandria, Mo. and the Iowa state line runs near the intersection of the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers.

It is shut down at the moment because flood water has overtaken the road.  MoDOT must inspect the road once the water has receded before it can be re-opened.

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Crest Expected This Weekend
7:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Flood Protection in Southeast Iowa

Large barriers are being placed around Memorial Auditorium in Burlington to hold back the Mississippi River.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Cities and counties along the Mississippi River are preparing for a surge of high water.

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WIU Kibbe Field Station
12:46 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Ridding the Mississippi River of Asian Carp

Mississippi River
Credit Rich Egger / TSPR

Two Western Illinois University faculty members are researching ways to mitigate Asian carp in the upper Mississippi River basin.

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Water and Fire Damage
9:57 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Repairs for Old Fort Madison

Old Fort Madison
Credit fortmadison.com

A replica of Old Fort Madison on the city's riverfront is around a quarter century old. This means it might be time for some repairs.

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Mississippi River
3:26 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Proposed Nauvoo-Montrose Ferry Delayed

Credit Belissarius / Wikimedia Commons

The ferry planned to cross the Mississippi River between Nauvoo, Illinois and Montrose, Iowa will not make its maiden voyage this summer as planned.

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Invasive Species
12:02 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Chinese Market Could Help Rid Midwest Rivers of Asian Carp

Recently processed Asian carp hang in racks at the Two Rivers Fisheries processing plant in Wickliffe, Ky. The fishing industry hopes demand from China can both create a market for, and help rid U.S. rivers of, the invasive species.
Credit Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope.

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WIU Quad Cities
1:51 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Mississippi River Focus of Environmental Science Ph.D. Program

Mississippi River
Rich Egger TSPR

Western Illinois University will begin offering a new Ph.D. program in environmental science this fall. The program focuses on large river ecosystems and will be housed at the Quad Cities campus.

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Extra Chlorine for Treatment
9:59 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

"Unusual" Taste/Smell Leaving Keokuk Water

Keokuk residents should notice their water tasting more “normal.”

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Mississippi River Events
2:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Celebrating the Bald Eagle

Thousands of bald eagles flock to the Mississippi River every winter to feed at lock and dam sites.

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