Tag: Rivers

As Flooding Spreads in Mississippi, Officials Say the Worst Is Still Ahead

PEARL, Miss. — Water continued to rise and spread in Mississippi on Sunday in what threatened to be one of the most severe floods in decades to hit the central part of the state. Officials warned residents to clear out, because the worst of the flooding was still to come. “We do not anticipate this […]

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Mississippi Governor Declares Emergency Amid Rising Floodwaters

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi braced on Saturday for what forecasters warned could be one of the worst floods to hit the central part of the state in decades, prompting officials to urge thousands to leave their homes or otherwise prepare for the rise in water levels expected after nightfall. “Please heed these orders to take […]

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Damming the Lower Mekong, Devastating the Ways and Means of Life

NONG KHAI, Thailand — The water is so clear on the Mekong River in northeastern Thailand that the sunlight pierces through to the riverbed, transforming the waterway into a glinting, empty aquarium. It is beautiful but it means death. At this time of year in Thailand, this stretch of the world’s most productive river should […]

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Tears for the Magnificent and Shrinking Everglades, a ‘River of Grass’

For years, whenever I found myself in Miami with an afternoon to spare, I sneaked off west to where a road abruptly separates the urban grid from the Everglades. Depending on time, I drove as deep into the saw grass void as I could, parked, got out and gazed up at tropical clouds racing unimpeded […]

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Trump Eases Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday will finalize a rule to strip away environmental protections for streams, wetlands and other water bodies, handing a victory to farmers, fossil fuel producers and real estate developers who said Obama-era rules had shackled them with onerous and unnecessary burdens. From Day 1 of his administration, President Trump […]

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The Freshwater Giants Are Dying

Some of the most astonishing creatures on Earth hide deep in rivers and lakes: giant catfish weighing over 600 pounds, stingrays the length of Volkswagen Beetles, six-foot-long trout that can swallow a mouse whole. There are about 200 species of so-called freshwater megafauna, but compared to their terrestrial and marine counterparts, they are poorly studied […]

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It’s Fish vs. Dams, and the Dams Are Winning

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — For thousands of years, alewives and blueback herring have left the ocean to swim up the Hudson River to any one of scores of tributaries to lay their eggs. But in a more recent era, the fish have been literally hitting a wall as dams popped up all over the region, powering […]

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