MRC Group Sues US EPA to Protect Missouri Lakes

Today, Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not protecting Missouri lakes for recreation and drinking water use, and therefore not protecting human health. “Without scientific support for how it would protect public health, Governor Parson’s DNR removed drinking water protections from its proposed  lake nutrient criteria,” said Heather […]

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Dead Zone Proof of Massive Gap in Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act is a massive and wonderful piece of legislation that drastically improved water quality in the United States and stands as a beacon of light in the dark world of ongoing water pollution. But it has a huge gap. Once a year, scientists board a boat in the Gulf of Mexico and […]

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Clear Water Farms

Regulating agricultural pollution is both difficult and contentious. US EPA has left this burden to state governments, and the pursuit of special interests from farmer associations hinder any real progress. Mississippi River Collaborative specializes in the enforcement of the Clean Water Act, but since agricultural pollution is exempt from CWA regulations, MRC must seek out […]

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Iowa Rejects Request for Lake Protections

Last week, Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission chose to reject a petition from MRC member group Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) that asked for better water quality protections for Iowa’s recreational lakes. Iowa has 160 recreational lakes. In the last 12 years, IDNR has closed the state’s beaches nearly 200 times because of harmful algal blooms (HABs) […]

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IEC Files Petition to Protect Iowa Lakes

On November 1, Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) and Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) filed a petition asking Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish and enforce numeric criteria for significant Iowa lakes. The petition was filed with Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC), the agency that will then make a recommendation to DNR to […]

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Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Freshwaters

EPA approves two methods to determine whether a waterbody is impaired:  narrative and numeric. Narrative criteria are subjective. Numeric criteria are not. Narrative criteria are difficult to enforce. Numeric criteria – much less so. This fact is known by the EPA, but the agency – to date – has not assumed the responsibility to establish […]

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Link between Gulf’s Dead Zone and Florida’s Red Tide

“[I]t’s like all the waters [from the Mississippi River] are moving to the east.” Robert Arnone is a Mississippi River professor who analyzes water flow into and around the Gulf of Mexico. For nearly half a year, the waters of the Gulf have been pushing eastward, contributing to the devastating Red Tide that has decimated […]

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MRC Group Forces Permit Revision

One of the Mississippi River Collaborative’s fundamental objectives is the oversight of state regulation of the Clean Water Act. All too often, permits to discharge pollutants into beautiful lakes and rivers are approved by regulatory agencies without meeting water quality standards. It then falls to environmental groups to step up on behalf of residents to […]

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2018 Dead Zone Smaller, But Still Above Average

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the size of the 2018 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone (where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf) is estimated to be smaller than last year, at 5,780 sq. mi, or roughly the size of Connecticut. While this is good news, to be sure, the Dead Zone […]

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Measurement Confirms Largest Dead Zone on Record

It’s official. The annual Dead Zone measurement has been released and a lamentable record has been set. The 2017 Dead Zone off the coast of Louisiana is the largest since 1985, when the measurements began. Today, researchers revealed the Dead Zone is nearly 9,000 square miles, or roughly the size of New Jersey. The oxygen-deprived […]

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