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Dams Will Not Reduce Flow of Sand to Mississippi River Delta, Study Finds

Researchers have found that the Mississippi River Delta’s supply of sand—a critical material engineers need to rebuild the ecosystem—will stay constant for centuries despite upstream dams and the rapid sinking and erosion of wetlands. The study, published this week in Nature Geoscience, provides positive evidence for scientists and government officials … Read more »

Key Stretch of Mississippi Could Shut This Week

Low water levels could shut down commerce on the Mississippi River this week, disrupting shipments worth billions of dollars, according to media reports. American Waterways Operators, an industry trade group, forecasts that the river’s gauge at Thebes, Ill., will hit three feet around January 3 or 4, limiting vessel drafts … Read more »

Drought ‘Threatens Shutdown of Mississippi Shipping’

Record low snowfall is causing low water levels and thus harming navigation on the Mississippi River, potentially hurting local and national economies to the tune of $2 billion, according to The American Wetlands Foundation. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that only seven percent of the country … Read more »