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This week in #MOwater: 2 big spills on MO River, huge conservation grants, and more

Posted in: News- Jan 21, 2015 No Comments

Missouri

Canadian Oil: Reaching the Gulf, With or Without Keystone
Midwest

Two pipelines, the Seaway pipeline and the Flanagan South pipeline, are both in the United States, but they will be used to transport oil from Canada down to Cushing, Oklahoma, and then on to refineries in Texas. The Flanagan South line is a 600 mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline with an operational capacity of approximately 600 MBOPD that originates in Pontiac, Illinois, and terminates in Cushing. Learn more about Flanagan South here.

$1.3 million: MDC to match $1.3 million in federal dollars to help Missouri landowners with key habitat conservation
Statewide

“The Missouri Department of Conservation has a proven track record of successfully implementing USDA conservation programs and we have brought millions in federal cost-share dollars to Missouri landowners,” said MDC Private Land Services Division Chief Bill White. “Our partnership with the USDA is a national model.”

Sunrise Beach expansion: Board of trustees adopted resolutions of intent to annex in five potential areas surrounding the town
Sunrise Beach

With more interest in annexations following the implementation of water and sewer services, Williams advised trustees to consider looking at annexations as packages rather than piecemeal expansion in order to get “maximum return for expenditures”

Normal Spring: Corps keeps its promise to downstream water users
Missouri River

Area farmers living along the Missouri River will be glad to know the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has all 16.3 million acre feet of flood storage available this spring and there will be no spring pulse.

Landowner Assistance: Some Spring River landowners eligible for water quality program
Jasper County

The Natural Resource Conservation Service has announced the agency will be providing financial and technical assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forestland owners in watersheds including the Opossum Creek-North Fork Spring River in Barton County and north central Jasper County. Other watersheds identified for the program are located in northern and northeastern Missouri.

Nation

$372.5M: federal funds awarded to conservation projects
Nationwide

“This is a new approach to conservation,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Wednesday. “We’re giving private companies, local communities and other non-government partners a way to invest in a new era in conservation that ultimately benefits us all.” Click here for an overview of five Missouri projects, and read a little more about one in Kingston, MO.

Farm Frets: New Sanctions For Water Pollution
Vermont

Environmentalists are giving Gov. Peter Shumlin early accolades for his proposal to reduce the amount of phosphorus running into Lake Champlain with tax penalties. But a prominent agriculture group says the plan to clean up the lake might end up hurting the farms that operate near it.

Yellowstone Spill: Pipeline Breach
Montana

Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health. Some of the oil did get into the water, but the area where it spilled was frozen over and that could help reduce the impact, said Dave Parker, a spokesman for Gov. Steve Bullock.

Brine Spill: Fracking wastewater reaches Missouri River
North Dakota

Brine from a leak in a saltwater disposal line in Williams County has reached the Missouri River, the North Dakota Department of Health said Thursday.

World

$3 million Wetlands Rejuvenation: Program aims to reduce nutrient flow into Perth’s Swan River
Australia

About 10 tonnes of nitrogen and one tonne of phosphorous flow through the Bayswater Brook into the Swan River annually. Mr Jacob said a new wetland in Bayswater would act as a filter, “Stripping some 200 kilograms of phosphorous out a year, stripping out some 1.3 tonnes of nitrogen and also a further 40 tonnes of other rubbish and other sediment.

Floating Solar Power Plant: Clean energy turns to water bodies as ground for photovoltaics
Japan

The world’s largest floating solar power plant is set to be built on the reservoir of Japan’s Yamakura Dam. It is scheduled to be completed by March 2016. Read more about this “nascent global trend.”

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