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This winter, fewer bald eagles are spending time along the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities.
 
Michelle O'Neill reports the reason may be mild weather plus other factors.


Midwest grain will reach foreign markets faster thanks to a channel-deepening project in the Lower Mississippi River that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced will begin this year. 

While that’s one bit of good news for infrastructure, it doesn’t make it any more likely other projects will follow. 

A Senate committee passed an infrastructure bill last July with bipartisan support, but Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the finance committee, says funding it will be a heavy lift. 

More Cruise Ships to Dock in Fort Madison in 2019

Jul 23, 2019
www.americancruiselines.com

The cruise ships that will be docking in Fort Madison will bring even more tourists to the city than originally anticipated.

Fort Madison Considering Lease with Cruise Line

Jun 25, 2019
American Cruise Lines

Fort Madison could soon see an influx of tourists. The city is close to finalizing a lease with American Cruise Lines for the use of the city's dock at Riverview Park.

The Mississippi River system is both an artery and a vein. It pumps ag products out of the heartland and into the world while bringing back fertilizer and steel to keep that economic engine purring.

But there’s too much water. Flooding is forcing boats and barges to wait for the river to drop.

Flooding by the Mississippi River is providing some real world lessons for students at Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities. 

Our stretch of the Mississippi is one of America's most endangered rivers. 
 
Collin Schopp reports.


President Trump Signs Water Infrastructure Bill

Nov 2, 2018

President Donald Trump signed America's Water Infrastructure Act on Tuesday, which authorizes work on many projects around the U.S., ranging from water treatment to mitigating invasive species to transportation.

File/Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media

The recent frigid weather across the Midwest has slowed river barges carrying grain to shipment ports, especially those destined for the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois rivers.

Lauren Zechin / Daily Gate City

The search has been called off for two men reported missing Tuesday afternoon after their boat capsized in the Mississippi River near Montrose.

Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Contaminated drinking water isn't just a problem for Flint, Michigan. Many towns and cities across the Midwest and Great Plains face pollution seeping into their water supplies. A big part of the problem: farming and ranching.

When Rivers Can't be Controlled, Farmers are Left in Limbo

Mar 23, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson for Harvest Public Media

Driving along rough and muddy gravel roads next to what was once a rich soybean field, farmer Adam Thomas gazes out on an upended mess of tubes, wheels, and hoses from a nearby farmer's irrigation system.

Rich Egger

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville.  The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.

Illinois' New Plan to Reduce Farm Runoff

Jul 23, 2015
Abby Wendle

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) released the state's first ever Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  The document is the state's plan to decrease pollution of local waterways, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico -- pollution caused in large part by fertilizer runoff from farmland.

Body of Missing Boater Recovered

May 26, 2015

Emergency responders have recovered the body of a boater missing since Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River near Lock & Dam 18. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Christopher Corson, 33, of Burlington was found shortly before 11:30 A.M. Monday.

Oil Spill Response Plan Unveiled

Mar 16, 2015
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Emergency responders will tell you the worst time to prepare for a disaster is in the middle of a disaster.  So a new response plan for the Mississippi River should have local personnel ready to spring into action.

Dakota Access Pipeline: Mississippi River

Mar 13, 2015
TSPR's Jason Parrott

Dakota Access will have to run its proposed crude oil pipeline beneath the Mississippi River, which is a cause for concern for some in Keokuk.  That concern stems from the fact that the city relies on the Mississippi River for its most precious resource. 

Keokuk Hosts Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

Jan 16, 2015
DVIDSHUB / Flickr Creative Commons

A few thousand people will flock to Keokuk this weekend to observe bald eagles in their natural habitat.

NRCS's Kirk Hanlin Pushes Cover Crops

Oct 6, 2014
Michael Whiffen

Kirk Hanlin calls soil, "dirt where you want it." 

Hanlin, assistant chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Hamilton, Illinois, and now has a second home in Nauvoo. 

MODOT Could Elevate Flooded Highway in Clark County

Jul 10, 2014
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Improvements could be made to a highway in Clark County that is prone to flooding, as long as voters support a new sales tax next month.

The stretch of Highway 61 between Alexandria, Mo. and the Iowa state line runs near the intersection of the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers.

It is shut down at the moment because flood water has overtaken the road.  MoDOT must inspect the road once the water has receded before it can be re-opened.

Flood Protection in Southeast Iowa

Jul 2, 2014
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Cities and counties along the Mississippi River are preparing for a surge of high water.

Ridding the Mississippi River of Asian Carp

Jun 18, 2014
Rich Egger / TSPR

Two Western Illinois University faculty members are researching ways to mitigate Asian carp in the upper Mississippi River basin.

Repairs for Old Fort Madison

Jun 4, 2014
fortmadison.com

A replica of Old Fort Madison on the city's riverfront is around a quarter century old. This means it might be time for some repairs.

Proposed Nauvoo-Montrose Ferry Delayed

Apr 25, 2014
Belissarius / Wikimedia Commons

The ferry planned to cross the Mississippi River between Nauvoo, Illinois and Montrose, Iowa will not make its maiden voyage this summer as planned.

Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media

Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope.

Rich Egger / TSPR

Western Illinois University will begin offering a new Ph.D. program in environmental science this fall. The program focuses on large river ecosystems and will be housed at the Quad Cities campus.

"Unusual" Taste/Smell Leaving Keokuk Water

Mar 9, 2014

Keokuk residents should notice their water tasting more “normal.”

Celebrating the Bald Eagle

Dec 20, 2013

Thousands of bald eagles flock to the Mississippi River every winter to feed at lock and dam sites.

Damming the Mighty Mississippi EXTRAS

Jun 27, 2013
Jason Parrott

Damming the Mighty Mississippi

Jun 26, 2013
Jason Parrott

The 100th anniversary of the completion of the dam that spans the Mississippi River between Keokuk, IA and Hamilton, IL will be celebrated June 27-30.

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