I am so glad to find I am wrong. There is money in the stimulus bill for the Upper Mississippi Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program, $8,604,000 to be exact.
The stimulus bill will fund first phases of construction of new 1,200-foot locks on the first five dams north of St. Louis. It will implement small-scale navigation aids, such as temporary mooring facilities for barges waiting to go through the old locks. It will also fund ecosystem restoration projects along the Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway.
In addition, the bill will fund $17.7 million for restoration projects on the Upper Mississippi under the Habitat Restoration Program that Congress authorized in 1986.
And it will fund $718,000 for Missouri River and Middle Mississippi River ecosystem enhancement. On the Mississippi, this money will probably be used to restore side channels that run between the river bank and islands in the river.
In today’s news there is an interesting article about conservation groups looking for a niche in climate funding, that looks at ecosystem restoration as infrastructure and the need to restore flood-buffering wetlands along rivers, possibly from a yet-to-be-authorized cap and trade program on carbon emissions.
There is an article about a land deal in Itasca County, Minnesota that would set aside 187,000 acres of forested land and wetlands as a privately managed working forest. The proposal would preserve wilderness, protect jobs in the timber industry, and protect the headwaters of the Mississippi.
Finally, because forests absorb nutrients, it would retain nutrients in Minnesota that otherwise might end up in the Gulf of Mexico should the land be cleared and turned over to agriculture.
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