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Mississippi River and Drought 2012

MS River Drought

A record drought in summer 2012 for much of the U.S. had significant impacts on agriculture and lowered the level of the Mississippi River. It also improved the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, due to decreased farming, but left much of the coastal communities along the Mississippi unprepared for the historic storm, Hurricane Isaac, that would sweep through the Gulf and travel up the river in late August 2012. For articles and reports on the impacts of the drought onto wetlands and natural resources along the Mississippi River and connected ecosystems, please peruse the articles linked below.

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1 Drought threatens to halt critical barge traffic on Mississippi 511
2 Webinar September 25: The link between the Farm Bill and a healthy Mississippi River 538
3 Drought Reaches New Orleans; Hurricane Isaac Could Add Insult to Injury 497
4 The Compleat Wetlander: Drought, Water and Wetlands along the Great Mississippi 524
5 Saltwater From Gulf Invades Mississippi River 632
6 The Mississippi River: A Victim Not Just of the Drought, But the Economy 646
7 Low Waters Close 11-Mile Stretch of Mississippi River 498
8 America's Latest Drought Victim - the Mighty Mississippi 526
9 Nutrient Pollution is a growing problem all along the Mississippi 760
10 Sec. Vilsack Announces 23 New WQ Imprv. Projects in 9 MS River States 715
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