Midwest Row Crop Collaborative

September 17, 2020 by  
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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. Comprised of leading businesses and nonprofits that span the full food and agriculture value chain, the Collaborative works to catalyze systems change solutions through diverse public & private sector partnerships and projects. Members collaborate by tackling systemic barriers to adoption of good farming practices, developing and implementing cutting-edge pilot projects that substantiate the water, air and soil benefits of sustainable agricultural practices and pave the way for broader change in the agricultural system.

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Sustainable agriculture cleans up rivers in Cuba

February 7, 2020 by  
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New scientific findings reveal that Cuba’s rivers are in better health than the Mississippi River. The research was a joint effort between Cuba and the United States, marking the two countries’ first collaboration in more than 60 years. The work was part of a study on Cuba’s hydrology, focusing on the water quality of the island’s rivers. Despite centuries of cattle and sugarcane farming, research results reveal there hasn’t been much damage to Cuba’s rivers thanks to the country’s other sustainable agriculture methods. Compared to the Mississippi River, Cuba’s 25 rivers surveyed showed lower nutrient concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution. This is likely attributed to Cuba’s shift toward sustainable agriculture , particularly the country’s shunning of imported synthetic chemicals. Related: Dutch company collects plastic pollution from rivers to make parks and products “A lot of stories about the value of Cuba’s shift to conservation agriculture have been based on fuzzy, feel-good evidence,” explained geologist and researcher Paul Bierman. “This study provides hard data that a crucial part of this story is true.” By contrast, the U.S. has more widespread dependence on chemical fertilizers . 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. Another interesting finding is that even though more than 80% of the Cuban river samples had E. coli bacteria, the source was found to be from fecal material by cattle and horses grazing along the riverbanks. The research team believes that this is partly attributed to “Cuba’s intensive use of horses and other draft animals for transportation and farm work.” The researchers concluded that the island country has been committed to promoting more sustainable agriculture to improve both its soil and water. The efforts have led to promising results. The American team was comprised of University of Vermont geologist Paul Bierman and Oberlin College geoscientist Amanda Schmidt. The Cuban team was led by Rita Hernández, representing the Cienfuegos Center for Environmental Studies, an ecological research group. Their joint research, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, was recently published in the GSA Today journal of the Geological Society of America. “This research can help the people of Cuba,” Hernández said, “and may give a good example to other people in the Caribbean and all over the world.” + The Geological Society of America Via Phys.org Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Toxic algae bloom forces all Mississippi beaches to close

July 10, 2019 by  
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The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced a total ban on swimming in the ocean until a toxic algae bloom subsides. Over the weekend, MDEQ added Pascagoula Beach West and Pascagoula Beach East to the list of beaches where swimming is prohibited; the list now includes all of the state’s 21 beaches. The blue-green Harmful Algal Bloom is almost certainly caused by massive amounts of fertilizers that entered the watersheds this year due to unusually high rainfall. High rates of precipitation over the winter and spring months forced officials to open the Bonnet Carré spillway in Louisiana, which feeds into the Gulf of Mexico. A spillway is essentially a reservoir for excess water from dams that occasionally needs to be released into the ocean when they become too full. Related: Scientists working to help manatees poisoned by Florida red tide This year, due to abnormally heavy rainfall, the spillway has been opened for a total of 104 days and counting. In comparison, the Bonnet Carré spillway was only opened for 23 days in 2018 and remained closed for all of 2017. Officials believe that the algae bloom will dissipate once the spillway can be closed again, because the bloom will be cut off from the likely source of fertilizer-contaminated freshwater. The algae bloom is actual a type of cyanobacteria that feeds off of the nutrients from fertilizers, namely nitrogen and phosphorus. The bacteria creates a blue-green tint to the water and has a foul smell. According to a statement released by MDEQ, exposure “can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. MDEQ advises that those exposed wash with soap and water and to not eat fish or any other seafood taken from affected areas.” Recreation along the beaches and coastlines is still permitted; however, officials prohibit anyone from entering the water and advised “people and their pets to avoid water contact such as swimming or wading, because exposure to the blue-green HAB can be harmful.” Via Gizmodo and MDEQ Image via Phil Whitehouse

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Tennessee bag ladies recycle 52,000 plastic bags to help the homeless

September 25, 2016 by  
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  A church group from Tennessee has transformed over 52,000 plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats that keep the homeless population warm and dry at night. The group formed in 2015 when their congregation learned that homeless members of the community were being forced to sleep along the soggy banks of the Mississippi River. Read on to learn about the fascinating process they use to transform waste plastic into usable yarn.

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Architect team weaves the Mississippi River’s only waterfall into Minneapolis’ urban fabric

December 5, 2014 by  
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Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

February 24, 2014 by  
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The Port of New Orleans and surrounding areas were closed Sunday after a barge collided with a tow boat, causing oil to spill into the Mississippi River. The boats were located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans when the collision occurred, and investigators are trying to determine what happened. Luckily no one was injured and the area’s drinking water supply is safe, but officials were forced to shut down 65 miles of the Mississippi River while crews worked to clean the spill. By Sunday afternoon, a line of vessels had formed, waiting to get up and down the river while the cleanup was underway. Read the rest of Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barge and tug collide , Baton Rouge oil spill , coast guard , environmental news , ES&H , louisiana oil spill , Louisiana oil spill 2014 , Mississippi River closed , Mississippi River closed by spill , Mississippi River oil spill , New Orleans oil spill , New Orleans oil spill 2014 , New Orleans port closed , New Orleans Port oil spill , Ocean Oil Spill , oil clean up , oil spill , oil spill clean up , oil spill cleaning , State Department of Environmental Quality , water traffic        

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HIV-Infected Child from Mississippi is Cured, Scientists Say

March 4, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A young girl from Mississippi who was most likely infected with HIV in utero has been cured of the disease, scientists reported at a conference over the weekend . Pediatric disease specialist Hannah Gray administered an especially aggressive anti-viral treatment within 31 hours of the girl’s birth, after the disease had been detected in tests, but in time both mother and daughter disappeared. Later, when the girl had been without antiviral drugs for at least six months, Gray caught up with the 2 and 1/2 year old again and ran further blood tests. The results shocked her. Read the rest of HIV-Infected Child from Mississippi is Cured, Scientists Say Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aids , antiviral drugs , berlin man , Cure , girl cured of HIV , Health , hiv , Medicine , Mississippi , News , science

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Six Years After Katrina, Tropical Storm Lee Hits the Gulf Coast

September 3, 2011 by  
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Almost exactly six years after Hurricane Katrina slammed New Orleans, producing one of the worst natural disasters in American history, the Gulf Coast is set to get battered by another major storm. By all accounts, Tropical Storm Lee isn’t expected to cause the level of destruction that Katrina left behind, but it might test the rebuilt levees on the Mississippi. About 6,000 New Orleans residents were evacuated in advance of the storm’s landfall, and Louisiana and Mississippi have declared states of emergency. So far, about 35,000 homes in Louisiana were reported to be without power. Read the rest of Six Years After Katrina, Tropical Storm Lee Hits the Gulf Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: gulf coast , gulf of mexico , Hurricane Katrina , louisiana , Mississippi River , natural disasters , New Orleans , offshore drilling , Tropical Storm Lee

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The World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome is the Green Dome in Long Island

September 3, 2011 by  
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Kevin Shea’s off the map Long Island Green Dome is the ultimate sight to gawk at for any sustainable design junkie.  At 45 feet high, it is the largest residential geodesic dome in the world and nearly everything is either recycled or sustainable.  With a LEED certification , integrated solar, wind, and geothermal energy to prove it, this is one of the greenest residential buildings in the New York area.  Click ahead to scroll through photos and be blown away by the innovative, green design! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dome , eco design , Green Building , green design , green dome , green dome ny , green housing , kevin shea , kevin shea long island green dome , long island , long island green dome , recycled design , sustainable design , Sustainable Homes , sustainable housing , sustainable residences

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As Extreme Weather Rocks Nation, GOP Blocks Climate Adaptation Efforts

June 7, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: thegreenj via Wikimedia /CC BY-SA Last year, natural disasters left 42 million people homeless — twice as many as in 2009.

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