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Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

WASHINGTON — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes ...

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Coast officials have concerns over definition of 'waters'

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County officials fear a newly proposed federal definition of “waters” could require them to get permits to clean out ditches and drainage areas and delay responses to neighborhood flooding. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking to clarify which waters or wetlands would trigger federal requirements, such as permitting and state ...

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Quapaw Canoe Company gains legislative support in battle with tax department

A small business owner fighting what he feels is unfair state taxation can feel pretty lonely. John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company of Clarksdale has run up $20,000 in legal and accounting bills fighting a $41,000 bill from the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR) for sales taxes on Quapaw’s educational canoe tours from 2009 to 2012. Ruskey hasn’t been collecting ...

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Panel issues report on river diversion projects

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Expert Panel on Diversion Planning and Implementation, a group organized by The Water Institute of the Gulf to advise the state of Louisiana on river diversion projects on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, has issued its initial report. Panel members made recommendations on data collection, project modeling, the types of simulations and experiments that should be ...

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Delayed by high water, mat sinking unit prepares to launch

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is scheduled to begin laying articulated concrete mats on the banks of the Mississippi River Aug. 26. The MSU is the only one of its kind in the world and performs one of the most important jobs in the Corps’ river stabilization program. ...

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Officials hope legislation passes to allow return of Delta Queen

NATCHEZ — The Delta Queen could resume her reign of the Mississippi next summer. The Delta Queen made its final tour of the Mississippi River in 2008 after the federal government ended an exemption to the 1960 Safety of Lives at Sea Act that allowed the wooden vessel to operate. The Natchez Democrat reports a piece of legislation has made ...

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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 falling Mississippi River levels enabled ...

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High water has TVA spilling at dams; farmland to be impacted

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is working to move large volumes of water, as much as one million gallons per second in some places, along the Tennessee River system to reduce potentially damaging flooding from record rainfall. TVA prepared for this event by lowering reservoir levels on the main channel of the Tennessee River beginning the last week ...

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Sunken tugboat that shut down river finally raised

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — An arduous, five-day effort to locate and surface a tugboat that rolled and sank in the Mississippi River near Venice, La., over the weekend, interrupting the flow of traffic and commerce, has finally come to an end. Crews pulled the 47-foot-long towing vessel out of the water today. It sank Saturday. The river had been closed, either ...

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