Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:30 pm
The persistent drought is raising questions about how the Mississippi River is managed — both upstream and down.
While cargo traffic upriver has gotten lots of attention, the drought is creating a different set of problems downriver at the mouth of the Mississippi, where saltwater has encroached.
An old-fashioned staff river gauge behind the New Orleans district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows the Mississippi is running just shy of 6 feet above sea level at the river bend.
Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 4:23 pm
Drought is mostly seen as a bad thing — and for good reason. It dries up crops, destroys landscaping and stops ships from moving. But even the lack of rain clouds has a bright side.
Good For Grapes
Last summer it seemed like all Midwestern farmers were upset over the lack of rain. But not all of them were; those growing grapes were embracing the drought.
Colorado’s top water experts met Wednesday to assess the state’s snowpack. The news isn’t good.
Warm weather for the mountains, but ski visits are down for 2013.
Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 5:37 pm
The U.S. had its hottest year on record last year. That heat, combined with the relatively dry winter that came before, has brought a historic drought.
From forest fires and low crop yields, to infrastructure and recreation, the drought has been costly, with early estimates putting the cost at between $50 billion and $80 billion.