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The search has been called off for two men reported missing Tuesday afternoon after their boat capsized in the Mississippi River near Montrose.

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Contaminated drinking water isn't just a problem for Flint, Michigan. Many towns and cities across the Midwest and Great Plains face pollution seeping into their water supplies. A big part of the problem: farming and ranching.

When Rivers Can't be Controlled, Farmers are Left in Limbo

Mar 23, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson for Harvest Public Media

Driving along rough and muddy gravel roads next to what was once a rich soybean field, farmer Adam Thomas gazes out on an upended mess of tubes, wheels, and hoses from a nearby farmer's irrigation system.

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.

Illinois' New Plan to Reduce Farm Runoff

Jul 23, 2015
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.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

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.

NRCS's Kirk Hanlin Pushes Cover Crops

Oct 6, 2014
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. 

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.

Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

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

Rich Egger / TSPR

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
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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.

Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope.

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.

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

Celebrating the Bald Eagle

Dec 20, 2013

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

Jason Parrott

Jason Parrott

The 100th anniversary of the completion of the dam that spans the Mississippi River between Keokuk, IA and Hamilton, IL will be celebrated June 27-30.

The two men representing the eastern half of Iowa in Congress are pushing a plan that would encourage more private investment in river infrastructure.

Bill to Help Mississippi River Adapt to Drought

Mar 20, 2013
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US Senator Dick Durbin of  Illinois recently introduced a bill to help the nation prepare to deal with the effects of future droughts on the Mississippi river.

Charges Filed in Fatal Boat Crash

Dec 8, 2012

Two Burlington men face multiple felonies in connection with a deadly boat crash on the Mississippi River in May.

Drought Exposing Problems in the Mississippi

Dec 7, 2012
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The Illinois Corn Growers Association is calling for immediate action to keep the traffic moving on the Mississippi river.
The river has dropped because of this summer’s drought.  The group said that this is exposing underwater obstacles which are preventing barges from transporting goods along the river.

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The lower Mississippi River may soon experience record low levels last seen in the 1930’s.  That’s according to the Army Corps of Engineers, who are responsible for the Lock and Damn system which keeps the upper Mississippi navigable despite the drought.

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Illinois has come up with a straightforward solution to its Asian carp problem: fishing.

“It’s simple but it’s exciting to see it work,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, who chairs the state’s river coordinating councils.

The state is encouraging businesses to fish for the carp by promoting markets for them. The fish are being touted as a high protein meal for foreign and domestic markets. But don’t look for “Asian Carp” on a local menu – it’s been rebranded as “Silver Fin.”

Canton, MO wants to take advantage of its proximity to the Mississippi River.