Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi River’

Dropping river allows Corps to reopen flood gates

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — After recently enduring near record high stages, the Mississippi River has begun to decrease in water levels, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Forecasters predict the Mississippi River will fall rapidly over the next seven to ten days, from 36 feet to approximately 21 feet on the Vicksburg gauge. The […] [...]

Mississippi River economic trade centers form alliance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI- The Mississippi World Trade Center has entered into a new alliance with other world trade centers along the Mississippi River. The group will says in a press release that its mission will be “promoting the stakeholder interests of the world’s greatest waterway.” The World Trade Center of New Orleans will lead the alliance. […] [...]

Gaming officials concerned over falling Tunica casino revenues

When Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill recently creating the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, John Hairston saw the occasion as more than a tourism bill for three coast counties. For the chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, it is both a step in reviving the Tunica County casino and a pre-emptive […] [...]

Report: Levees prevented $234 billion in damages in 2011 flood

by Published: March 1,2013

Tags: Army Corps of Engineers, levee, Mississippi River

The levees along the Mississippi River and its backwater tributaries generally did what they were supposed to do during the 2011 flood. In the process, the levees prevented $234 billion in damages. Those were two major takeaways from a pair of documents the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released last […] [...]

Rainfall, snow melts improve outlook for Mississippi River navigation

by Published: January 25,2013

Tags: Mississippi River, river navigation, transportation

Recent sustained rains and melting snow across the Mississippi Valley will ensure continuing navigation on the Mississippi River through mid-February, even if no additional rain falls between now and Feb. 15, the Army Corps of Engineers says. The period from Jan. 9-13 saw three-eighths inches of rain, with 10+ inches locally, over the Ohio River […] [...]

Water, water … nowhere: Dropping Mississippi River raises concerns

by Published: December 29,2012

Tags: barge traffic, Mississippi River, transportation

One year removed from a massive, historic flood, the Mississippi River has dominated headlines in 2012 as it falls to near record lows, threatening navigation and devastating economic losses. Usually fed by rain and snowmelt in the spring, the Father of Rivers began to fall as drought gripped a large portion of the U.S. By […] [...]

Read December 28 issue of MBJ

>> OUR TOP STORIES OF 2012 Hurricane Isaac, the Mississippi River, Republicans, GreenTech Automotive and “high gravity” legislation were some of the biggest stories of the year Also in this week’s paper: >> MORE TOP STORIES MPC coal plant awaits court ruling, Twin Creeks falls through, remembering Mayor Chuck Jordan >> MBJ-TV Glen Campbell, Mitt […] [...]

Oyster harvesting underway

State regulators opened oyster season Nov. 5, a bit later than normal this year with a fair amount of caution after Mississippi River flooding last year kept the season to a paltry six days of tonging only. The season normally runs from October through April, even beyond with ideal conditions. This year the Department of […] [...]

Historically low river at Greenville likely to drop farther with Mo. River impoundment

In more normal years, Port of Greenville director Tommy Hart would have paid little attention to the Army Corps of Engineer’s slowdown of water from the Missouri River at its junction with the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis. But like the year before, 2012 has not been a normal one on the Mississippi. […] [...]

Turbine project being eyed for Natchez

A Boston company is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to grant it a permit to study the feasibility of placing electricity-generating turbines in the St. Catherine Bend of the Mississippi River near Natchez. St. Catherine is part of a grouping of hydro-kinetic projects that Free Flow Power has been developing along the Mississippi River […] [...]

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