Mississippi River

Rich Egger

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville.  The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.

Abby Wendle

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) released the state's first ever Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  The document is the state's plan to decrease pollution of local waterways, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico -- pollution caused in large part by fertilizer runoff from farmland.

Emergency responders have recovered the body of a boater missing since Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River near Lock & Dam 18. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Christopher Corson, 33, of Burlington was found shortly before 11:30 A.M. Monday.

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Emergency responders will tell you the worst time to prepare for a disaster is in the middle of a disaster.  So a new response plan for the Mississippi River should have local personnel ready to spring into action.

TSPR's Jason Parrott

Dakota Access will have to run its proposed crude oil pipeline beneath the Mississippi River, which is a cause for concern for some in Keokuk.  That concern stems from the fact that the city relies on the Mississippi River for its most precious resource. 

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A few thousand people will flock to Keokuk this weekend to observe bald eagles in their natural habitat.

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

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

Repairs for Old Fort Madison

Jun 4, 2014

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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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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Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope.

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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.

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