Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi River’

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 […] [...]

Cashing in on drought

The rains of early June and in the days that followed the Fourth of July appear to have ensured a highly prosperous year for Mississippi’s corn and soybean growers. August rains have helped, as well, said John Michael Riley, an agriculture economist with Mississippi State University. That the rains came as drought stunted or killed […] [...]

Tunica on track after 2011 flood, seeing major increases in activity

After the massive flooding of the Mississippi River in 2011, Tunica took a big hit in tourism, conventions and meeting activity. Even after the flooding was over and everything reopened, things were still slower than normal. “The national media said Tunica attractions were closed because of the flood,” said Bill Canter, director of marketing and […] [...]

American Queen to dock in Vicksburg

VICKSBURG — For the first time in three years, the sounds of an authentic Mississippi River steamboat calliope will be heard when the American Queen docks at City Front in Vicksburg. The Queen was to arrive at 8 a.m. Tuesday and dock until 4 p.m. on its maiden journey since being acquired last year by […] [...]

Vicksburg’s old river bridge most-struck on Mississippi River

Since March 2011, the old Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg has been struck by barge traffic on the Mississippi River five times. That many impacts explain why the bridge is the most-impacted on the Mississippi River, according to figures from the U.S. Coast Guard. Since the 1970s, when statistics started being kept, the bridge has […] [...]

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