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Upper Mississippi Near Record Lows
January 31, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

“As a result of last year’s drought, stretches of the Upper Mississippi River have approached record lows. These low water levels have jeopardized commercial barge traffic shipping agricultural and energy commodities on the river.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration website.

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Oil Moved by Barge is Up 13X!
February 20, 2014 | Institute for Energy Research
"It is not just rail that is benefiting from a lack of sufficient pipeline capacity to move oil. Oil moving on barges on the Mississippi River from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico has increased by a factor of 13 since 2010." Quoted from the Institute for Energy Research.

Two Huge Alligators Killed in Mississippi
September 5, 2013 | National Geographic
National Geographic has a report on the two massive American alligators that were killed last weekend in Mississippi. They were 727 and 723 pounds - both were over 13 feet long.

Monitoring the Nitrate Pulse of the Mississippi River
August 29, 2013 | USGS
Cutting edge optical sensor technology is being used in the Mississippi River basin to more accurately track the nitrate pulse from small streams, large tributaries and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico.

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