Mississippi River

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Chris Miller
July 09, 2019 - 7:12 pm
The Mississippi River has been about a foot below flood stage for days after a record amount of time this year, including an unprecedented second opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway in the same year. But the effects of Invest 92 are expected to change that, the National Weather Service predicts:...
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Chris Miller
June 24, 2019 - 12:15 pm
Blooming algae, depleted fisheries and fears of a dead zone - despite all of that, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is trying to stay optimistic as an unprecedented amount of fresh Mississippi River water continues getting dumped into the lake. Full of fertilizer-laden farm runoff, the...
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Chris Miller
June 21, 2019 - 2:43 pm
Hot weather and nutrient-rich Mississippi River water pouring into Lake Pontchartrain via the Bonnet Carré Spillway are the ingredients for algae to grow on the surface of the lake. Today, the Louisiana Department of Health issued an advisory for a potentially large algal bloom. "An algal bloom is...
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Chris Miller
June 18, 2019 - 9:36 am
After months of high water, some river gauges on the lower Mississippi are finally showing the water going down, it looks like at least a month before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can even consider closing the Bonnet Carre spillway. The corps narrowly avoided having to open the Morganza...
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Don Ames
June 13, 2019 - 8:37 pm
Officials with The National Transportation Safety Board say the company that operated a towboat that sank in a deadly 2018 accident near New Orleans failed to adequately check the qualifications of a pilot hired to guide the vessel. The NTSB released the report Thursday, saying that placing an "...
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Chris Miller
June 06, 2019 - 1:17 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not open the Morganza Floodway this Sunday after all, and says it now does not have an expected opening date. Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves tweeted the news early this afternoon. Morganza Spillway update: As of today, the Corps has announced it will NOT...
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Chris Miller
June 03, 2019 - 2:16 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says conditions won't require opening the Morganza Floodway for a little while longer. The Corps today announced it is delaying the expected opening until Sunday, June 9. "The Mississippi River is predicted to reach 60 ft. at the structure on June 12, 2019 instead...
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Chris Miller
May 30, 2019 - 4:01 pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thursday announced that a change in the forecast has delayed the planned opening of the Morganza Floodway from Sunday, June 2 to Thursday, June 6. "The Mississippi River is predicted to reach 60 ft. at the structure on June 9, 2019 instead of the previously...
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Chris Miller
May 10, 2019 - 11:12 am
The Army Corps of Engineers today announced they will open the Bonnet Carre spillway as early as 1 p.m. this afternoon. The corps said due to the heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours, it moved up its planned opening, which had originally been requested for Tuesday. It is an unprecedented second...
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May 09, 2019 - 1:12 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The Army Corps of Engineers' New Orleans office is asking to do something unprecedented: open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans for the second time in one year. This comes as floods across the Midwest have caused billions of dollars of damage to homes, farms...
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