Mississippi River

Study aims to shed light on reclusive mudpuppy

(Iowa DNR)Guttenberg, Iowa — Kevin Hanson had to throttle back his heavy flat-bottomed aluminum boat as he began to break up a thin layer of ice that had formed overnight on the slack water in Pool 11 of the Upper Mississippi River. Hanson, fisheries technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Guttenberg station, was on his last run…

Study: Effort to protect Mississippi River headwaters shows benefits

The Mississippi River headwaters at Itasca State Park. (Photo by Brian Peterson)  ST. PAUL, Minn. — The economic benefits of preserving and restoring land in the upper Mississippi River’s headwaters region nearly outweigh the costs, according to a new study. Protecting the roughly 200,000 acres would cost between $400 and $600 million, but it would yield almost $500 million in…

Plan to block Asian carp from Great Lakes worries Louisiana business group

This silver carp was caught in a gill net by commercial fishermen on June 22, 2017, a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)NEW ORLEANS — A business lobbying organization in Louisiana is expressing concerns about proposals to block an invasive species of fish from the Great Lakes. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released a letter…

Hunters, wildlife share Iowa’s Lake Odessa lifestyle

The water level at Lake Odessa is managed to mirror Mother Nature. Summer drawdowns expose mudflats that immediately vegetate with moist-soil plants. Water is allowed to gradually return to the newly established vegetation, creating a buffet for migrating birds. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR)Sitting along the west bank of the Mississippi River in Louisa County, Lake Odessa, with its…