World's longest wildlife bridge could become reality across the Mississippi River


A proposal to repurpose the bridge connecting Iowa and Illinois across the Mississippi River into a national park and wildlife crossing has gained traction

EDF: Mississippi River Delta and Natural Infrastructure Economist (2-year Post-doctoral Position)

Environmental Economics

  The initial primary focus of the work within EDF will be on financing options around ongoing restoration and protection needs within the Mississippi River Delta (filling a significant gap in our work in the Delta) and then assessing ideas for broader applicability or utility to other coastal locations in the United States.   The Mississippi River Delta is the site of the largest adaptation effort underway in the country today.


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Bucket crops: Mississippi man takes container gardening to another level

Green (Living) Review

Willie Anderson, 82, took container gardening to another level; he planted tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, okra, squash, peppers and eggplants in five-gallon plastic buckets in his yard in Red Banks, Mississippi. Some people are happy with a patio tomato on the porch. He now has plants in more than 1,000 buckets. It’s easier to grow an entire garden if you’re planting everything in buckets, Anderson said. There’s no hoe on the place,” he said. “We We don’t need one.” “You

Mississippi Republicans want to prohibit towns from establishing a minimum wage

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) As President Obama pushes to increase the national minimum wage, Mississippi Republicans are digging in their heels to prevent any similar efforts in their State. A bill currently working its way through the Republican-controlled Mississippi legislature aims to ensure that no local government enacts a mandatory minimum wage or other worker protections. Mississippi has no statewide minimum wage whatsoever (so it follows the national minimum wage).

Answer: Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University

Environmental Economics

Question: Where was I on Friday? Seminar Title: Willingness-to-Pay for Oyster Consumption Mortality Risk Reductions. Abstract. In this paper we use data from an internet-based survey and estimate the benefits of an oyster consumption safety policy with the contingent valuation method. In addition to providing a context specific estimate of willingness-to-pay for oyster safety, we consider two unresolved issues in the contingent valuation health risk literature.

World’s longest wildlife bridge could become reality across the Mississippi River


A proposal to repurpose the bridge connecting Iowa and Illinois across the Mississippi River into a national park and wildlife crossing has gained traction. Quad Cities is a 380,000-person metropolitan area that spans over the states of Iowa and Illinois on either side of the Mississippi River. Pregracke is recognized for his efforts in conserving the Mississippi River. World’s longest wildlife bridge could become reality across the Mississippi River.

HCL Clean Tech Finds Sugar for Ethanol in Mississippi Woods

Green Prophet

Karin speaks with HCL Clean Tech CEO Eran Baniel (above) about wood to sugar developments in Mississippi. But HCL Clean Tech , which offers a process to turn wood chips into biofuel, just received a $100 million bond package from the Mississippi state legislature to build plants in Grenada, Booneville, Hattiesburg and Natchez for products in the cosmetics, pet food, and lubricants industries.

Marine Restoration Week: Tales from the Cab — Risk & Restoration in SE Louisiana

Nature Conservancy - Science

We talked a lot about the massive effort needed to re-route the sediments from the Mississippi River so that the soil from the Midwest feeds those marshes (instead of artificially spilling offshore) and they can start to rise again. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2006, post-Hurricane Katrina. Image: Prince Roy /Flickr through a Creative Commons license.

Midwest Row Crop Collaborative


Midwest Row Crop Collaborative cecily martine… Thu, 09/17/2020 – 13:15 The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative is an innovative partnership aligned to drive positive environmental change in the upper Mississippi River Basin. Business Green agricultural broader-change cecily-martine collaborative drive-positive mississippi nature partnership pilot-projects river-basin- sustainability

How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard

Cool Green Science

If you’re lucky you might spot a Wilson’s warbler flying overheard, or a white pelican soaring over the Mississippi. Birds Featured Post 1 International North America United States backyard bird bird migration bird species bird-friendly backyard birders birdfeeder birdhouse birdwatching Dave Mehlman frequent flyers house finch migratory bird program migratory birds Mississippi River spring migration white pelican wilson''s warbler

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Louisiana governor pledges to turn the oil and gas state carbon-neutral


Related: Louisiana wants to divert the Mississippi River to restore its coast Louisiana is currently the fifth-largest carbon-emitting state in the U.S. Eco Green a-auctions-170 a-new-category a-shocking-move climate cottrill-green- earth governor mississippi peace plans positive news stevie-wonderIn a shocking move, Louisiana’s Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has announced his intentions to make the state carbon-neutral.

Sustainable agriculture cleans up rivers in Cuba


New scientific findings reveal that Cuba’s rivers are in better health than the Mississippi River. Compared to the Mississippi River, Cuba’s 25 rivers surveyed showed lower nutrient concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution. Hence, dead zones occur where the Mississippi River mouth opens into the Gulf of Mexico, adversely affecting the region’s marine ecosystems with dangerous bacterial and algal blooms caused by elevated nitrogen levels.

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Filthy and Over-Budget? Let the Public Pay For It! - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

A fight over a new coal plant in Mississippi that is heating up this week offers a powerful example of the high cost of coal, both for our wallets and our health. The latest dangerous political theater comes from Mississippi, where MS Power is attempting to build an experimental coal plant ( IGCC ) in Kemper County, Mississippi, along with a huge lignite coal mine. " said Louie Miller, Mississippi Sierra Club state director.  Mississippi, and the whole U.S.,

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The Right Stuff for U.S. Water Resources

Cool Green Science

There is no force more powerful than gravity at work on the Mississippi River. There he rose to oversee multi-million dollar projects, mostly related to flood control and navigation along the Lower Mississippi River. After retiring from the Corps, he served another 30 years as vice president of the influential Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association, where he was a tireless advocate of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project , or MR&T.

LWCF Funding: A Hidden Gem in the President’s Budget

Cool Green Science

This money would purchase land for such projects as National Wildlife Refuges along the Upper Mississippi, the Connecticut River in four New England states, and in the headwaters of Florida’s Everglades. Image: Confluence of the Crow Wing River and the Mississippi River in Minnesota.

Nature’s Silent Currency

Cool Green Science

The Yangtze, the Mississippi, the Magdalena, are all arteries for the economies they serve – providing transportation, water for irrigation and people, and electric power. On the Mississippi for example, we are working with the U.S. Giulio Boccaletti is Managing Director of Global Freshwater at The Nature Conservancy. This post originally appeared on the Global Water Forum. Water is the silent currency that runs through the global economy.

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Amid Midwest Flooding, a Call for New Solutions

Cool Green Science

In just the last two years, we’ve had three record-breaking floods — the Mississippi, the Missouri and now the Illinois. Featured Post 1 Fish Fresh Water The Nature Conservancy United States Water Conservation emiquon preserve flood management flooding flooding disaster floodplains floods floodwater freshwater conservation great rivers partnership illinois river Michael Reuter Mississippi River missouri river natural disasters river health rivers

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Science at Emiquon: Restoring a “Wetland of Dreams”

Nature Conservancy - Science

The key note address was delivered by Jeff Opperman , the Conservancy’s senior freshwater scientist, who spoke on managing floodplains to benefit people, from the Mekong to the Mississippi. Just eight years ago, this was a cornfield. Today, hundreds of thousands of coots and other waterfowl flock to Emiquon Preserve. Matt Miller/TNC. By Mat Miller, senior science writer. The airboat whirs over the shallow wetland, as huge flocks of coots, ducks, herons and other birds flush before me.

I can't wait for ESPN to begin covering this 24/7

Environmental Economics

Bracketology plus: Eight teams competing in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament—Colorado State, Connecticut, Mississippi Valley State, New Mexico State, Norfolk State, St. Bonaventure, Southern Mississippi, and Ohio Universities—have academic-progress rates below 925, according to a report released today by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.

Is it self-delusion or does lack of money not damper optimism?

Environmental Economics

49: Mississippi. While Gallup ranks Mississippi 49th for future livability, residents feel good about their own future -- the state ranks first in terms of outlook on life five years from now. Mississippi is also near the bottom on many health measures. From MSN Money's ranking of most livable states: No. Full-time employment ranking: 50. Job creation: 39. Residents' outlook ranking: The best.

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Funny, but it's still rock and roll to me

Environmental Economics

An e-mail conversation between the co-authors of this paper (that you should really be downloading) resulted in the exchange of the following pictures of advisor and former student: Advisor (circa 1986 or so--that's me with the mullet on drums): Former Student--now assistant professor at Mississippi State--Matt Interis (circa 2004 Who says economists aren't cool?

Where is the congressional outcry over price suppression (or whatever the opposite of price gouging is)?

Environmental Economics

Another ten states -- Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia -- also have gas for less than $2. Data from price tracker shows that three states -- Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio -- have at least one station each selling regular gas for less than $1.90 a gallon. Cheap gas is most frequently found at stations in Oklahoma, which was the first state to break the $2 a gallon mark on Dec.

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Hurricane Ida supercharges climate change in the US

A Greener Life

Hurricane Ida shortly after it made landfall. Photo credit: NASA via Wikimedia. By Anders Lorenzen. Last week a major hurricane hit the southern US, bashing the coast of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans and surrounding states.

Dead Zone Redemption

Nature Conservancy - Science

Somewhere in America’s Heartland, nutrients — nitrogen and phosphorus — are flowing into the Mississippi River where they mix with other nutrient runoff destined for the river’s coastal terminus: the Gulf of Mexico. This scenario is occurring throughout the 31-state Mississippi River Basin. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is committed to working with partners to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the Mississippi River Basin by 20 percent by 2025.

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Seventh Annual Conference and Meeting | Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

Environmental Economics

Presentations: A Combined Revealed/Stated Preference Model for Projecting the Impact of Aquatic Nuisance Species on Recreational Angling in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi, and Ohio River Basins, Gregory L. Thursday, March 19, 3:45 – 5:15 Session 4. Non-Market Recreational Welfare Effects of Changes in the Diversity and Abundance of Species. Chair: Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon.

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Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds

Green (Living) Review

Geological Survey, accepted for publication online ahead of print in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry , titled, “Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007,”[i] reveals that Roundup herbicide (aka glyphosate) and its still-toxic degradation byproduct AMPA were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007.

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We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't.*

Environmental Economics

A mandatory evacuation was issued Saturday for a southwestern Illinois town threatened by the rain-swollen Mississippi River, an order that was issued as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers weighed whether to blow up a levee and flood rural farm communities to save the town. Heavy rains have pushed the river to near-record levels, putting pressure on a tributary system that began buckling days earlier when a levee failed and flooded a handful of rural towns in southeastern Missouri.

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My spring football recap (with no mention of The Ohio State)

Environmental Economics

Mississippi State 36,357. John Clay: The SEC has released spring game attendance figures for each of its 12 schools. Kentucky’s crowd of 4,000 was dead last. And, to be truthful, I’m not sure there were 4,000 there. Here’s the list: Alabama 92,310. Auburn 53,209. Florida 51,000. Georgia 43,177. Arkansas 42,000. Tennessee 35,891. South Carolina 29,451. Ole Miss 28,000. LSU 25,032. Vanderbilt 7,500. Kentucky 4,000.

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When life gives you lemons, make fish sticks?

Environmental Economics

What do you do with a bony, ugly, jumpy, fat, fugitive fish that's taken over the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and threatens the ecology of the Great Lakes? Grind them into fish sticks and feed them to the poor. That's the latest strategy from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in its tussle with the Asian carp. The department plans to process tons of the fish and donate it to food banks, including the St. Louis Area Food Bank. "We'll

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What is so wrong about the consumer paying the true cost of grain, coal and oil?

Environmental Economics

barges, with their cargoes of grain, coal and oil, to navigate the uneven waters of the Mississippi, Kentucky [1] and Ohio Rivers.   [1] Most of ya'll are familiar with the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers but what is the Kentucky River ? Maybe it would mean that I wouldn't eat so dang much: Locks are intended to make it easy for. But largely out of sight of most Americans, the locks are crumbling.

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"Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over oil spill"

Environmental Economics

I think I've scooped all of the other environmental economics bloggers on this one (the story is from the ABC TV station in Fresno ): Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP on Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Post-Katrina Restoration Plans Raise Eyebrows

Eco Friendly Daily

But their latest plan for coastal restoration along the mouth of the Mississippi River–where Hurricane Katrina made landfall last year–has jaws dropping among even seasoned scientists. Photo of Mississippi River delta, courtesy of NASA Visible Earth. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for completing what seem like impossible projects on a grand scale.Â

When you want environmental benefits to be zero just make them zero

Environmental Economics

The rule, known as  Waters of the United States , and enacted by the Obama administration, was designed to take existing federal protections on large water bodies such as the Chesapeake Bay and Mississippi River and expand them to include the wetlands and small tributaries that flow into those larger waters. Is "environmental benefit denier" a term ( Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say )?

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Daily demand and supply

Environmental Economics

Tuesday with 80 mph winds near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Supply down, demand up: Gasoline prices in the Louisville area jumped Wednesday as Isaac, now a tropical storm again, ground its way through the Gulf Coast, shutting down oil refineries.   The highest confirmed price of gasoline Wednesday was $4.19, up 44 cents from the $3.75 average at the beginning of the day.

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“It starts by admitting you have a problem. "

Environmental Economics

passed 98-1, with only Mississippi Sen. My problem is I want to conduct extraneous empirical analysis:  The Senate on Wednesday voted that “climate change is real and is not a hoax” as Democrats used the Keystone XL pipeline debate to force votes on the politically charged issue ahead of the 2016 elections. The “hoax” amendment to the pipeline bill from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) Roger Wicker, the chairman of the Senate Republican campaign arm, voting “no.”.

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Early Duck Doesn’t Want the Worm

Eco Friendly Daily

One possible factor for the general decrease is declining spring conditions along the Mississippi, which forms the basis of the ducks’ migration path. Over the last five years along the upper Mississippi River, several waterfowl species including bluebills and coots have suffered mortality due to parasitic trematodes, particularly during the spring migration. These events marked the first observation of faucet snails in the upper Mississippi region.

Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 2015 Conference

Environmental Economics

Presentations: A Combined Revealed/Stated Preference Model for Projecting the Impact of Aquatic Nuisance Species on Recreational Angling in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi, and Ohio River Basins, Richard C. From the inbox: Dear John,   Can you please help me share the information below on the upcoming SBCA conference through the Environmental Economics blog? Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

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Perfect substitutes: Gulf of Mexico water quality and minor league baseball!

Environmental Economics

Skip Sauer: The WSJ reports that Governor Phil Bryant is allocating $15 million from Mississippi’s share of BP oil spill damages to be invested in a minor league ballpark in Biloxi. The city itself has voted to issue $21 million in bonds backed by stadium revenues, but the deal apparently hinged on the state’s investment of BP funds. Biloxi’s population has declined 10% (to 45,000) since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the 2010 oil spill must have added to the economic destruction.

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The Atchafalaya River Basin: The Future of Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin (ARB) — home of the reality TV show “ Swamp People ,” safety valve for the swollen Mississippi River, and one of the richest and most fascinating natural places in North America — might finally have met its match…in Conservancy scientist Bryan Piazza’s new book about it. PIAZZA: South-central Louisiana, where the Atchafalaya River starts at the confluence of the Red River and the Mississippi River. Atchafalaya bald cypresses.

Black and White Beach House employs climate-ready architecture


Most notably — their substantial role in rebuilding Mississippi towns post-Katrina and winning a COTE “Top Ten” award for their Marine Education Center at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory project.” + Unabridged Architecture Images via Unabridged Architecture.

Haley Barbour’s Red State Pays $100 Million to Israeli Biofuel Co for CleanTech

Green Prophet

But now Israel’s HCL Cleantech Inc has been offered $100 million to build four plants in Mississippi to turn wood waste into sugars. Mississippi is offering HCL Cleantech a $95 million loan for equipment and buildings, and $5 million for training and infrastructure and other equipment. Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the US, and this is no small potatoes.

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Recovery: The Great Teddy Bear Rescue

Nature Conservancy - Science

On the last day of his 1902 bear hunt in Mississippi Theodore Roosevelt had yet to fire a round. At that time as many as 80,000 Louisiana black bears may have ranged across 120,000 square miles in eastern Texas, southern Mississippi, southern Arkansas and all of Louisiana. By 1980 at least 80 percent of the bottomland hardwood forest in the lower Mississippi River Valley had been destroyed and with it well over 99 percent of the bear population.

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Everyone has a plan, until…

Cool Green Science

Along the Mississippi River, managers have realized that their “levees only” approach to flood management is not enough. In fact, in the case of the infamous 1927 Mississippi flood , the failure of the levees was catastrophic and that flood still ranks as the costliest natural disaster in U.S. What can Mike Tyson teach us about the science and management of fresh water?*