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Dead Zone Pollution Is Growing Despite Decades of Work, So Who’s the Culprit?

 

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“Washing off farms and yards, nitrate is largely responsible for the Gulf of Mexico’s infamous “dead zone.” Nitrate and other nutrients from the vast Mississippi River basin funnel into the Gulf, sucking oxygen out of the water and killing almost everything in their path.

The pollution is one of America’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Sewage treatment plants along the rivers already have spent billions of dollars, and some farmers now use computers to apply fertilizer with pinpoint precision.

But after three decades of extensive efforts to clean it up, nitrate along the rivers is getting worse. In Hermann, the levels have increased 75 percent since 1980, according to U.S. Geological Survey research published last year.”

Read more: AlterNet

 

Missouri River Flood Water Threatens Nebraska Nuclear Power Plants

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“The rising Missouri River flood water continues to threaten the two power plants in Nebraska. To assess the situation, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko visited the Fort Calhoun plant on Monday morning.

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The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, located 20 miles north of Omaha, is one of the two nuclear plants in the state being monitored by the NRC because of the threats of inundation from the Missouri River.

The Fort Calhoun plant has been closed since April for refueling. Its parking lot is flooded, plant employees need to walk on a catwalk to reach the facility. An inflatable water-filled barrier that surrounds the plant was punctured by machinery on Sunday, but the plant operators assured residents that key areas of the facility are not in danger of submersion.

However, plant employees briefly switched to diesel backup generators to keep the nuclear fuel at the site cool because the flood water got too close to electrical transformers.

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Floods Threaten Private Water Wells

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“The flooded Missouri River is not the cleanest source of water, and it’s filtering into the ground water.

One of the last things you want to do right now is drink some of the flood water from the Missouri River, but if you have your own private well, you could be doing just that.

To make sure your well water is safe, it’s recommended to test your well at least once a year, but with flooding right now, it makes it even more important to have it checked.

“If you see that your well’s been flooded, that’s obvious.  If the water is close, you know, it might not be a bad idea to have it tested,” said Tyler Brock, from the Siouxland District Health Department.

The test looks for bacteria, industrial waste, and other chemicals.

If those toxins get into your drinking water it normally doesn’t result in much more than stomach pains, but it means more dangerous bacteria could also get in the water.

Siouxland District Health says they can do the test for about $25 dollars, and for your health, they say it’s well worth it.”

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‘Unprecedented’ Summerlong Flood Threatens Missouri River Dams and Levees

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“The resulting flooding could last along the river until mid-August, they said, threatening communities stretching from Montana to Missouri.

“There are some extremely high water levels that will persist for quite a period of time,” said Lynn Maximuk, director of the National Weather Service’s central region. “The rises along the Missouri have been caused by really a year’s worth of rainfall across the basin over the last two weeks. In addition, snowfall in the mountains is at about 140 percent of normal.”

That has created “unprecedented” runoff that federal officials say can no longer be contained within the six dams built to tame the Missouri’s flows.

The Army Corps of Engineers is planning to release record amounts of water at all six dams, said Kevin Grode, Missouri Basin Reservoir Regulation Team leader for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Flows at Fort Peck Dam in Montana, the highest dam in the Missouri River system, will reach 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) tomorrow, besting the previous record of 45,000 cfs set in 1975.”

Read more: The New York Times

 

Levees going up to protect South Dakota cities

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“Crews raced approaching floodwaters Tuesday to complete emergency levees aimed at protecting South Dakota’s capital city and two other towns as the swollen Missouri River rolled downstream from the Northern Plains. Meanwhile, the mayor of Minot, N.D., ordered a quarter of the city’s residents to evacuate areas along the flooding Souris River.

Residents of the upscale community of Dakota Dunes in southeastern South Dakota, below the final dam on the river, have been told to move their possessions to higher ground and be ready to leave their homes by Thursday, a day before releases from the dams are set to increase again.

Several thousand people in Pierre, the state capital, and neighboring Fort Pierre on the west bank have been working day and night since late last week to lay sandbags around their homes and move to safety.

Those forced to leave their homes may not be able to return for two months or more. No evacuation orders had been issued Tuesday in South Dakota, but many people in the three cities had already moved to safer places.”

Read more: Associated Press