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  Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service)
Used by Native Americans for trade, food, and water supply long before Europeans visited the “New World,” the Mississippi River and its watershed have shaped the continent and its cultures.
The Healthy River Healthy You podcast helps take steps towards building a healthier lifestyle and river by offering health and environmental tips and fun river facts and history while you walk alongside the Mississippi River.
Places to Go The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1988.
www.nps.gov /miss   (383 words)

  Mississippi (river) - MSN Encarta
From Saint Paul to the junction of the Missouri River, the Mississippi is generally 300 to 600 m (1,000 to 2,000 ft) wide, with 29 dams and locks that have been built to provide a navigation channel 3 m (9 ft) deep.
The Ohio River supplies nearly half of the Mississippi's flow, and from Cairo to New Orleans the river is generally 1,000 to 1,600 m (3,000 to 5,000 ft) wide with a navigation channel 3 to 4 m (9 to 12 ft) deep.
The portion of the river south of Baton Rouge is navigable by oceangoing vessels, and Baton Rouge and New Orleans are seaports.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761575600/Mississippi_(river).html   (1417 words)

  Mississippi River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers at Cairo, Illinois.
The river is divided into the upper Mississippi, from its source south to the Ohio River, and the lower Mississippi, from the Ohio to its mouth near New Orleans.
Louis; and the middle Mississippi, a relatively free-flowing river downstream of the confluence with the Missouri River at St. Louis.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mississippi_River   (3744 words)

 Mississippi River
The Mississippi River, 3,779 km (2,348 mi) long, is the second longest river, after the Missouri, in the United States.
Precipitation along the river's course varies widely, from 510-1,015 mm (20-40 in) in the north to 1,520-1,780 mm (60-70 in) at its New Orleans delta.
Efforts at containing the river have been especially vigorous since a catastrophic flood in 1927, when about 67,300 sq km (26,000 sq mi) of land were inundated and the river rose 17 m (57 ft) at Cairo.
www.gatewayno.com /history/Mississippi.html   (910 words)

 Mississippi River   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The 314-kilometer segment of the Upper Mississippi River extending from the mouth of the Missouri River (near St. Louis, Missouri) to the mouth of the Ohio is often termed the Middle Mississippi River.
The Chippewa River, with its steep gradient, is the primary sand source for the reach of the Upper Mississippi River downstream from Lake Pepin (Nielsen et al.
The Lower Mississippi River channel is wide and generally shallow in the northern part of its alluvial valley, where coarse bed materials delivered by tributaries allow the river to meander.
biology.usgs.gov /s+t/SNT/noframe/ms137.htm   (14566 words)

 Mississippi River Resource Page - River Facts
River length is a difficult measurement to pin down because the river channel is constantly changing.
The Mississippi is widest just downstream from its confluence with the Missouri River (near Alton, Il.) where it is nearly 1 mile across.
Shipping at the lower end of the Mississippi is focused on petroleum, iron and steel, grain, rubber, paper and wood, coffee, coal, chemicals, and edible oils.
www.caleuche.com /River/RiverFacts.htm   (969 words)

 History of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project
The Mississippi River levees are designed to protect the alluvial valley against the project flood by confining flow to the leveed channel, except where it enters the natural flwater areas or is diverted purposely into the floodway areas.
To protect communities along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and to reduce the flood heights to which the controlling levees on the Missouri side would otherwise be subjected, the project provides for a setback levee about 5 miles west of the riverfront levee through this reach.
The Mississippi River is the main stem of a network of inland navigable waterways which form a system of about 12,350 miles in length, not including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway of 1,173 miles.
www.mvn.usace.army.mil /pao/bro/misstrib.htm   (1735 words)

 Mississippi River
Taken together, the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico encompass more than 40 million acres of large river floodplain, coastal wetlands and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The population of Ring-necked Ducks using the upper Mississippi stood at 400,000 in 1979.
Audubon is poised to significantly increase its investment in the Mississippi, with a comprehensive, ten-state river restoration initiative, marshaling the full force of the organization's state offices, chapters, and key national staff.
www.audubon.org /campaign/Mississippi/MI_Strategy_Obj.html   (1299 words)

 UMESC - About the Upper Mississippi River System
In recent years, the river was the center of a national public policy debate and controversy involving reconstruction and expansion of Locks and Dam 26 (near St. Louis) at a cost of over $1 billion.
The Mississippi Flyway is the migration corridor for 40% of North America's waterfowl and shorebirds.
The Mississippi River backwaters that presently provide fish and wildlife and plant production and nursery habitats may be lost to sedimentation and eutrophication within the next 50 to 100 years.
www.umesc.usgs.gov /umesc_about/about_umrs.html   (919 words)

 Mississippi Valley Division - Mississippi River Commission   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As created by Act of Congress June 28, 1879, the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) was to consist of three officers of the Corps of Engineers, one of whom would be president; one member from the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; and three civilians, two of whom would be civil engineers.
The Act of September 22, 1922, provided for levee protection and bank protection of the tributaries and outlets of the Mississippi River between Cairo, Ill., and Head of Passes, insofar as these tributaries and outlets are affected by the floodwaters of the Mississippi.
A new policy for flood control in the Lower Mississippi River Valley was established in 1928, based on special reports on the 1927 flood rendered by the MRC and Maj. Gen. Edgar Jadwin, Chief of Engineers.
www.mvd.usace.army.mil /MRC/history.htm   (1132 words)

 Rivers of Life: River Profiles - the Mississippi
Millions of people each year use the Mississippi River for recreation, but the Mississippi is, and always has been a working river.
The Mississippi river basin was formed by glaciers, moving and melting millions of years ago,which left in their wake sometimes miles-wide floodplains, that still fill up occasionally, covering towns, roads, farms, and everything else that might stand in the way of its mighty waters.
Past guests have included Lee Hendrix, a river boat pilot and story teller, Barbara Liukkonen, with the Rivers council of Minnesota, J. Charles Fox, with the EPA, John Barry, a noted author and faculty member at Tulane University, and Edwin Lyon, an archaeologist with the Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, LA.
cgee.hamline.edu /rivers/Resources/river_profiles/mississippi.html   (336 words)

 Mississippi River Parkway Commission | Educational Facts   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Mississippi River winds its way 2,552 miles as it travels from the headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.
The Mississippi is the longest river in North America.
The Mississippi River drains approximately 40% of the continental United States-all or part of 31 states, and two Canadian provinces, Ontario and Manitoba.
www.mississippiriverinfo.com /educationfacts.htm   (420 words)

 Nov/Dec 2001 - Sierra Magazine - Sierra Club
A glimpse of the inexorable Mississippi from a highway bridge or an airliner is still a heart-stopper, but close inspection reveals its forlorn state: polluted, constricted by levees, jammed with barges, backwaters filling with sediment, infested by alien aquatic species, neglected and abused by the cities on its banks.
On the upper river, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is scheming to expand the Mississippi's vast commercial navigation system--29 locks and dams from Minneapolis to St. Louis, and another 8 locks and dams on the Illinois, a key tributary.
Beyond the Mississippi delta, the pollutants and nutrients borne by the river have created the infamous Dead Zone, an oxygen-deprived region in the Gulf of Mexico in which fish, crabs, and other aquatic creatures cannot survive.
www.sierraclub.org /sierra/200111/miss.asp   (817 words)

 Mississippi River Overlooks
The Mississippi River Valley south of St. Paul began as a drainage way for a vast inland ocean that existed millions of years ago.
The bluffs appeared to be mountains because the river flowed so far beneath them that the surrounding lands could not be seen from the river.
Across the Mississippi, the overlook at Grandad Bluff in La Crosse is about 150 feet below that bluff, which towers 700 feet above the river.
www.big-river.com /br.overlooks.html   (1158 words)

Both cases are part of a comprehensive, coordinated federal effort, known as the Mississippi River Initiative, to keep illegal pollution ranging from raw sewage to industrial waste out of the River and to restore the River and surrounding communities to its historic grandeur.
While the Mississippi River Initiative addresses point-source pollution, the EPA and the Department of Agriculture are leading an Administration wide effort to address nonpoint-source pollution through the President's Clean Water Action Plan.
Environmental problems at Wood River included: illegal levels of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide air emissions, violations of emission standards for benzene (a hazardous air pollutant), violations of solid waste labeling, reporting, and manifesting requirements, untimely reporting of emissions of extremely hazardous substances such as ammonia and chlorine, and violations of Illinois water regulations.
www.usdoj.gov /opa/pr/1998/September/411enr.htm   (1464 words)

 Mississippi River (lower)
The Mississippi River is the largest river in North America and the sixth largest in the world.
The lower Mississippi is a wide, fast moving river that is heavily used by large commercial barges.
This river, while it is a busy commercial shipping channel, is very remote except in the vicinity of the few cities on the river.
members.aol.com /americacruising/mississippi-lower.html   (926 words)

 AGU Web Site: The Great Flood of Summer 1993: Mississippi River Discharge Studied
On August 10, an enormous plume of turbid river water was detected extending eastward from the Mississippi River delta region.
River water discharged on the western side of the delta flowed eastward around the south side of the delta, joining additional river water discharged from passes on the south and east sides of the delta.
What was anomalous in 1993 was the simultaneous occurrence of high river discharge onto the Louisiana continental shelf, the abnormal persistence of westerly winds along the Louisiana coastline, and the prevalence of anticyclonic loop currrent transport in close proximity to the Mississippi River delta.
www.agu.org /sci_soc/walker.html   (1974 words)

 The Official Site for Mississippi River Travel, Experience Mississippi River
Experience river history at any one or all of these 62 gems that dapple the banks of the river in all 10 river states.
The Great River Road was established in 1938 as the national parkway of the Mississippi River.
The Mississippi River's depth ranges from less than 3 feet at the headwaters in Minnesota, to the deepest section between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans where it is 200 feet deep!
www.mississippiriverinfo.com   (483 words)

 Mississippi River Dinner Cruise   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The mighty Mississippi River is the reason Minneapolis and St.
Along the Mississippi River shores in St. Paul and Minneapolis, you almost feel the presence of fur traders, explorers, buffalo hunters, soldiers, settlers, native Americans, and riverboat captains that traveled this area many years ago.
The massive urban park area that embraces the Mississippi River also is home today to much wildlife including deer, beaver, otter, fox, hawks, egrets, herons and the majestic bald eagle.
www.umn.edu /mfgc/mississippi_river_dinner_cruise.htm   (146 words)

 Middle Mississippi Valley River Ferries   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Calhoun County is a 37-mile long, 5-mile wide piece of land that is the tip of the peninsula formed by the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and with the exception of its northern border, is surrounded by water.
This ferry crosses the Mississippi River near the small town of Batchtown into Missouri connecting with Route 79.
Genevieve is in the heart of the French Colonial Country of the Middle Mississippi River Valley.
www.greatriverroad.com /SecondaryPages/ferries.htm   (1089 words)

 Mississippi, river, United States — Infoplease.com
Mississippi, river, principal river of the United States, c.2,350 mi (3,780 km) long, exceeded in length only by the Missouri River, the chief of its numerous tributaries.
Cotton and rice are important crops in the lower Mississippi valley; sugarcane is raised in the delta.
The Mississippi is abundant in freshwater fish; shrimp are taken from the briny delta waters.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/us/A0833414.html   (273 words)

 Delta Queen - Mississippi Queen - American Queen - River Barge - River Explorer - Mississippi River Front - Cape ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The river is viewed as the Upper Mississippi River - from Minneapolis-St. Paul to the confluence of the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois, and the Lower Mississippi River - from Cairo to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Cape Girardeau is 51 river miles north of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
The Mississippi River is then free flowing from near Alton, Illinois south to the Gulf of Mexico.
rosecity.net /river   (424 words)

 American Rivers: Mississippi River "Most Endangered"
The Mississippi River, which last appeared on the list in 2001, is at the #10 spot for 2004.
Every year, more than 20 square miles of coastal wetlands near the river's mouth are lost because sediment that once nourished the Mississippi's delta is funneled through a tight corridor of Army Corps flood control levees into the Gulf of Mexico.
While the situation along the Mississippi River is particularly urgent, it is sadly far from unique.
www.americanrivers.org /site/News2?JServSessionIdr007=zxjigmfaj1.app14a&abbr=AMR_&page=NewsArticle&id=6706   (809 words)

 Mississippi River--Geography/U.S. History/Government/Literature lesson plan (grades 6-8)--DiscoverySchool.com
The Mississippi River is a vital part of the “heartland” of the United States, yet no single state can claim it as its own responsibility.
Talk about whether it makes sense to continue to invest financial and human resources in rechanneling the Mississippi River to avert a disaster, or if our efforts might be better spent on relocating vulnerable people and businesses to safer areas.
Context: The Mississippi River’s bayous are usually marshy and sluggish.
school.discoveryeducation.com /lessonplans/programs/mississippi   (2116 words)

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