mississippi river http://wwno.org en Will Mississippi River Flooding Reach New Orleans? http://wwno.org/post/will-mississippi-river-flooding-reach-new-orleans <p>Water levels in the Mississippi River shot up in the past few weeks after a series of strong storms in the Midwest. Flooding has closed roads and bridges and swamped thousands of acres of farmland in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.<br /><br />But, will the flood waters affect us here in Louisiana?<br /><br />Jeff Graschel, a Mississippi River-watcher with the <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">National Weather Service</a>, says that scenario is unlikely.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:34:37 +0000 Janaya Williams 64032 at http://wwno.org Coast Guard Reopens Mississippi River After Spill http://wwno.org/post/coast-guard-reopens-mississippi-river-after-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mississippi River in Louisiana has reopened to vessel traffic after an oil spill. Mariners are asked to report any oil spotted along the river.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Coast Guard says more than 31,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a barge that collided with a towboat Saturday. Just over 1,000 gallons of an oily water mix have been recovered.</span></p><p>River traffic between New Orleans and Baton Rouge was blocked, leaving vessels stuck in traffic.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 54731 at http://wwno.org River Traffic Halted By Spill http://wwno.org/post/river-traffic-halted-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 65 miles of the Mississippi River in Louisiana remains closed because of an oil spill, meaning shipping near the site is at a standstill.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 54696 at http://wwno.org Tropical Storm Karen Stops River Traffic At Southwest Pass http://wwno.org/post/tropical-storm-karen-stops-river-traffic-southwest-pass <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Traffic at the mouth of the Mississippi stopped Friday as coastal Louisiana prepares for a possible strike by Tropical Storm Karen, which is churning in the Gulf of Mexico.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:18:47 +0000 The Associated Press 45321 at http://wwno.org Doc Hawley Shares His Mississippi River Expertise At New Festival http://wwno.org/post/doc-hawley-shares-his-mississippi-river-expertise-new-festival <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first <a href="http://www.frenchmarket.org/event/currents-the-mighty-mississippi-river-festival/" target="_blank">Mighty Mississippi </a></span><a href="http://www.frenchmarket.org/event/currents-the-mighty-mississippi-river-festival/" target="_blank">Downriver</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.frenchmarket.org/event/currents-the-mighty-mississippi-river-festival/" target="_blank"> Festival</a> will take place at the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">French Market and the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Old U.S. Mint this&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday, September&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">14</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Among the many presentations during&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the day-long event will be one from a man who has plied the mighty Mississippi for 60 years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this week's <em>Notes from New Orleans</em>, Sharon </span>Litwin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">talks</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with <a href="http://theneworleansadvocate.com/features/6895690-171/new-orleans-riverboat-captain-loves" target="_blank">Captain Clarke&nbsp;</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://theneworleansadvocate.com/features/6895690-171/new-orleans-riverboat-captain-loves" target="_blank">Hawley</a>, who has spent most of his working life on board paddlewheel </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">steamboats</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Sharon Litwin 43768 at http://wwno.org The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Measuring The River http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-coast-last-call-measuring-river <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If there is one underlying justification for Louisiana’s $50 billion Master Plan for coastal restoration, it’s this: We actually have a chance to prevent Southeast Louisiana from drowning in the Gulf, because the Mississippi River carries the sediment necessary to keep pace with sea level rise.</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:26:00 +0000 Bob Marshall 36678 at http://wwno.org Rollin' On The River: The Mississippi Remains The Heart Of The New Orleans Economy http://wwno.org/post/rollin-river-mississippi-remains-heart-new-orleans-economy <p></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Peter Ricchiuti 36192 at http://wwno.org The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Budgeting The River http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-coast-last-call-budgeting-river <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Let’s imagine it is the Spring of 2025, and Louisiana is preparing to open three diversions on the lower Mississippi so fresh water and sediment can reach wetlands struggling to stay ahead of sea level rise.</span></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:45:00 +0000 Bob Marshall 36185 at http://wwno.org Where Does The Mississippi River Set Down Its Mud? http://wwno.org/post/where-does-mississippi-river-set-down-its-mud <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a </span><a href="http://thelensnola.org/2013/05/08/studys-key-question-is-ole-muddy-muddy-enough-to-rebuild-the-coast/" style="line-height: 1.5;">new story</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> out in The Lens today, environmental reporter Bob Marshall delves into an ongoing study about Mississippi River sediment, and its ability to rebuild the coast. Government agencies and scientists have some new ideas about how much mud and sand the Mississippi River deposits along the Louisiana coast before it flows out to the Intercontinental Shelf.</span></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 21:09:06 +0000 Eve Troeh & Bob Marshall 34952 at http://wwno.org Mississippi River's Many 'Parents' Look To Unify http://wwno.org/post/mississippi-rivers-many-parents-look-unify Life on the Mississippi River is a roller coaster of highs and lows: record high floodwaters one year, a drought and near-record low water levels the next. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:53:25 +0000 David Schaper 34106 at http://wwno.org