Water News

Aug. 18, 2017

Mississippi River Basin

by The Nature Conservancy

Stretching from the Allegheny Mountains across to the Rockies and south to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River Basin spans 1,245 million square miles in 31 states and two Canadian provinces — forming the world’s fourth largest river basin. For centuries, we’ve used the Mississippi to quench our thirst, nourish our crops, energize our home, and transport our goods. The flowing water sustains robust fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, which provide food, jobs, and economic security to millions of people. But all of this is at risk..

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May 22, 2017

Wisconsin’s Watershed Approach to Wetland Conservation

by The Nature Conservancy

More than half of the wetlands that greeted Wisconsin’s early settlers are gone. They were filled in or drained to grow crops and build cities and roads. With the loss of our wetlands went the many services they provide from improving water quality by removing sediment and nutrients in runoff from rainfall to storing water when streams overflow, which contributes to flood control.

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Nov. 29, 2016

Northeast Region – Aquatic Barrier Prioritization

by The Nature Conservancy

Reduced aquatic connectivity, the fragmentation of river habitats by dams, road-stream crossings (e.g. culverts) and other aquatic barriers, is one of the primary threats to aquatic species in the United States. These barriers limit the ability of sea-run fish to reach freshwater spawning habitats and prevent resident fish populations from moving between other critical habitats.

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May 25, 2016

Alabama's Natural Resource Assessment Tool

by The Nature Conservancy and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

The State of Alabama boasts 57 miles of Gulf shoreline, over 600 miles of tidal and estuarine shoreline, and, with over 4,500 documented species, the highest species diversity of any state east of the Mississippi River (and fifth highest nationally). And water? Mobile Bay’s is the sixth largest drainage basin in the nation (43,662 square miles) with the nation’s fourth largest freshwater flow (on average 62,000 cubic feet per second), and our area receives, on average, over five and a half feet of generally hard rain annually.

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May 10, 2016

Louisiana's Freshwater Assessment

by The Nature Conservancy

When most people think about Louisiana, certain images come to mind. Maybe it’s a crawfish boil or towering cypress trees. Or maybe it’s catching a redfish in huge coastal wetlands. All of these images have one thing in common – water. Louisiana has lots of it. In fact, our more than 125,000 miles of rivers, bayous, streams and large wetland systems are the foundation of Louisiana’s economy, culture, and rich biodiversity. Will it always be this way?

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May 7, 2016

Designing Restoration Projects with Mississippi’s Freshwater Assessment

by The Nature Conservancy

Have you ever tried to plan a restoration project and didn’t have enough information available to properly assess how the project will function? Have you ever been to a public meeting about a proposed infrastructure project, like a dam, and realized that the project has not been properly scientifically vetted?

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Mar. 17, 2016

N.Y. Times Editorial: "Fix water data."

by Charles Fishman

New York Times contributor Charles Fishman, brings attention to the need for systematic collection of nationwide water data to aid in the scientific understanding of our water resources.

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