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This week in #MOwater: Paddlefish project, Addressing flooding in Kansas City, and speaking up for the state parks sales tax

Posted in: News- Mar 04, 2015 No Comments

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Paddlefish Project: New mission this season: snag a fish, get a reward
Statewide

Yasger explained that, from January to mid-March each year through 2019, Department staff will place numbered metal jaw tags on about 2,000 paddlefish netted in each reservoir — Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake, and Table Rock Lake — and about 1,000 fish netted in the Mississippi River. All fish captured are weighed, measured, jaw tagged, and released. She encourages snaggers to report all tagged paddlefish and to NOT remove tags from undersized (sublegal) paddlefish.

Flooding Maps: USGS unveils new tool
Kansas City

This new tool will help emergency managers from national, state and local agencies make quick decisions about when and how to evacuate residents threatened by rising floodwaters. The flood-inundation maps, developed using USGS streamgages already in place, will enable better flood preparedness and response. For more information, visit the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Program website.

State Parks Sales Tax: Nixon pushes to renew for 2016
Statewide

Speaking at the Missouri Park and Recreation Association annual conference Wednesday in Springfield, Nixon said strengthening Missouri’s outdoor economy and park system has been a top priority since he was elected. The statewide sales tax voters approved 30 years ago is a key funding source to keep the parks going, he said.

“Here in the Show-Me State, we’re fortunate to have a wealth of opportunities for outdoor recreation that we value deeply … not only for what they do to improve our economy and quality of life, but for their role in preserving an outdoor heritage that is a fundamental part of our identity as Missourians,” Nixon said.

Filament Recyclers: Citizen initiatives allows anglers to recycle fishing lineNeosho

The cane-shaped plastic bins were provided free of charge by the Missouri Department of Conservation, upon private request by Neosho City Inspector John Harrington. John, who volunteers with the Hickory Creek Stream Team, acted on his own, as a citizen, in requesting the bins, and he installed them himself.

Longer Trout: Good growth this season, and other new things
Maramec Spring

A new check dam has been installed in the stream to encourage vegetation growth and hopefully habitation for trout. This will give anglers another area of the stream to catch one of the 50 five-pound lunkers set to be also released on opening day. This year’s average trout length is slightly larger than normal with fish averaging 12.9 inches.

Winter Floating: Wild Horses and Golden Glows
Current River

“It’s kind of a special deal with a lot of people,” said Maggard, who is 73 and recently retired as president of the Missouri Canoe & Floaters Association. “We’ve got two or three groups that are snowbirds. They’ll get 20 or so people and come down and float when there’s snow on the ground.

Nation

$5.5 million: Supreme Court settles water dispute over Republican River
Nebraska and Kansas

Nebraska and Kansas each claimed victory after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a recommendation Tuesday that Nebraska pay $5.5 million in damages to Kansas in a long-running dispute over the Republican River.

But Nebraska water authorities — while acknowledging that the state will write a hefty check to Kansas — said Nebraska was the big winner because Kansas will receive only a fraction of the $80 million it had originally sought.

Water Tasting: Sommelier proposes water bars
Los Angeles

Riese, who may be America’s only water sommelier, moved his fine water campaign to sunny California in 2011. His 20-item water menu, with selections ranging from $8 to $20 per bottle, debuted at Ray’s & Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art two years later. Patina, a sister restaurant, got a similar menu last fall and now offers a series of $50 per-person water tastings.

Global

Sewage Sludge: biomass tapped for farming in vegetable campaign
Japan

According to research by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, tomatoes grown with sludge-based fertilizer have higher sugar content per 100 grams and lower levels of citric acid, which can cause sourness, and potassium, which can lead to bitterness, than those grown with chemical fertilizers.

Dead Sea Watershare: Agreement between Israel and Jordan falls short
Dead Sea

The $US 900 million agreement includes construction of a desalination plant in Jordan, near the Red Sea, to supply water to southern Jordan and Israel. In return, Israel will sell more water to Jordan from the Sea of Galilee in its northern region. The agreement also calls for the desalination brine byproduct to be mixed with seawater and piped 180 kilometers north to the Dead Sea, which is shrinking at a rate of 1 meter per year. Experts say that the 100 million cubic meters (26 billion gallons) of wastewater will not be enough to halt the Dead Sea’s retreat, which would need 800 million cubic meters per year just to stabilize.