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.