drinking water http://wwno.org en EPA awards $17M grant to La. for water systems http://wwno.org/post/epa-awards-17m-grant-la-water-systems <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Louisiana is receiving a $17 million federal grant for improvements to public drinking water systems.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the funding Thursday.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:36:38 +0000 The Associated Press 18440 at http://wwno.org Saltwater Invades Mississippi River http://wwno.org/post/saltwater-invades-mississippi-river All the dry weather means there's less water flowing through the once mighty river into the Gulf of Mexico, and low outflow means saltwater from the Gulf is creeping in.<p>Some Louisiana cities have already begun purchasing drinking water. Now New Orleans is at risk.<p>Saltwater typically encroaches on the Mississippi every eight to 10 years, but that could be changing, says Mark Davis, director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources, Law and Policy. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:29:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 18257 at http://wwno.org Jindal declares emergency as salt water approaches http://wwno.org/post/jindal-declares-emergency-salt-water-approaches <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency for Plaquemines Parish as it deals with encroaching salt water that's threatening drinking water in the New Orleans area.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 03:21:00 +0000 CAIN BURDEAU | The Associated Press 18073 at http://wwno.org River closed as crews start work on sill http://wwno.org/post/river-closed-crews-start-work-sill <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The Mississippi River has been closed temporarily as contractors placed a pipeline in the Mississippi River to build an underwater barrier that the Army Corps of Engineers says will stop the advance of salt water threatening drinking water in the New Orleans area.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:41:00 +0000 CAIN BURDEAU | The Associated Press 18067 at http://wwno.org Plaquemines may use barges to ship freshwater http://wwno.org/post/plaquemines-may-use-barges-ship-freshwater <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Plaquemines Parish officials say they&#39;re prepared to use barges to supply fresh water to processing plants in Port Sulphur, Dalcour and Pointe-a-la-Hache if necessary.</p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:08:26 +0000 The Associated Press 17688 at http://wwno.org Drought Lowers Mississippi River, Increases Threat to Drinking Water http://wwno.org/post/drought-lowers-mississippi-river-increases-threat-drinking-water <p>Louisiana has so far avoided disastrous drought conditions declared in nearly half the counties in the United States. But southeast Louisiana is starting to feel the effects of a lower Mississippi River. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 17359 at http://wwno.org Salt water moving up Mississippi River http://wwno.org/post/salt-water-moving-mississippi-river <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">With the Mississippi River running at low levels, salt water is moving up from the Gulf of Mexico.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:11:56 +0000 The Associated Press 15856 at http://wwno.org