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Asian carp: The other white fish

Asian carp were imported to the United States in the 1970's to control algae in aquaculture ponds. But much like the mongoose that was imported to the Hawaii islands to control rats, the carp proliferated and are now an invasive, nuisance species.

Dangerous drop in the Mississippi's water levels

Thebes - Following the worst drought in half a century, that has brought water levels in the Mississippi close to historic lows, agencies are reporting that this could shut down all shipping in a matter of weeks.

L.A. Woman's Body Found In Mississippi River

Vicksburg - Barge workers on the Mississippi River came to a startling discovery Tuesday, finding the body of a West Monroe, La woman dead.

New report on Gulf ecosystem gives mixed review

Washington - A new study on the Gulf of Mexico's coastal wetlands and wildlife a year after BP's Deepwater Horizon debacle suggests some wildlife species are recovering while others are in an imperiled state, with recoveries dependent on decisive action.

Five US states sue federal government over Asian carp invasion

Five US states have sued Chicago’s water authority and the federal government in an effort to stop an invasion of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

Three Dead Babies Found In Mississippi River

Red Wing, Minn. - Between 1999 and 2003, the bodies of two newborn infants were pulled from the river...both boys. This past March, another newborn was pulled from the river, making this the third unidentified infant. This last one was a little girl.

PBS Launches Fatal Flood Website

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - In the spring of 1927, after weeks of incessant rains, the Mississippi River went on a rampage. Racing south from Cairo, Illinois, the river blew away levee after levee, inundating thousands of farms and hundreds of towns, killin...

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PROBLEM-SOLVERS?: A group of alligator gars (atractosteus spatula) swim at the Steinhart Aquarium  p...
PROBLEM-SOLVERS?: A group of alligator gars (atractosteus spatula) swim at the Steinhart Aquarium, part of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, in 2009.
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Coast Guard cutter along the lower Mississippi River.
Coast Guard cutter along the lower Mississippi River.
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Barge traffic on the Mississippi River.
Barge traffic on the Mississippi River.