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gif – California drought

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The Green Bridge passes over full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina on July 20, 2011, in Oroville, California, followed by current drought levels on Aug. 19, 2014.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/california-drought-gifs_n_5843534.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000044

September 21, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Drought Is Killing The Mississippi River

Via: Atlantic Wire

Ship traffic on the Mississippi River was briefly shut down yesterday and salt from the Gulf of Mexico is threatening the drinking water upriver as the severe drought has pushed water levels far below their usual depths.

According to The Associated Press, the Army Corps of Engineers built an underwater barrier in Louisiana yesterday—temporarily stopping ships from moving past New Orleans—to try and halt the encroaching salt water, which is no longer being held back by the force of the mighty Mississippi. (Which might actually be good for the Gulf, but that’s another story.)

Further upstream in Vicksburg and Memphis and into Illinois, water levels have dipped to all-time lows.

One year ago the river was hit with record flooding, which raised water levels to new heights, but also deposited tons of soil on the river bed, actually making the river shallower. NBC’s John Yang says that in Tunica, Mississippi, the river is currently 10-12 feet below “normal” water levels and 57 feet below last year’s flood peak.

This year, which has been one of the hottest and driest in the history of the nation, has pushed the water back down exposing sand bars, rocks, other debris and closing shallow ports.

There have already been several instances of river barges running aground, leading other shipping companies to lighten their loads and travel at slower speeds to avoid similar accidents. Near St. Louis, the Corps has been continually dredging a nine-foot-deep channel in order to keep waters deep enough for ships to pass through on their way south.

The river is a mess and the inability to move goods through major ports will only drive up the cost of buying and selling them.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/08/drought-killing-mississippi-river/55854/

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August 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Salon

Trend alert!

In the face of devastating natural disasters, Republican governors around the country are increasingly asking constituents to join in prayer to God to solve their states’ intractable problems.

The latest example is Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who, in response to a brutal heat wave that has contributed to over one hundred wildfires, asked Oklahomans to collectively pray for rain on Sunday. From the official press release:

“I encourage Oklahomans of all faiths to join me this Sunday in offering their prayers for rain,” Fallin said. “For the safety of our firefighters and our communities and the well-being of our crops and livestock, this state needs the current drought to come to an end. The power of prayer is a wonderful thing, and I would ask every Oklahoman to look to a greater power this weekend and ask for rain.”

Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese said he appreciated the governor’s call for prayer and would be saying his own this Sunday.

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/07/18/republican_governor_prayer

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Oklahoma City – ten-day forecast, EVERY DAY over 100, NO RAIN!

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July 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment