Mississippi River Basin Report Card Released

The American Watershed Initiative has released its first report card on the Mississippi River basin, and water quality was one of the six broad areas analyzed in the report. Although the grades reported for the Ohio/Tennessee basin were among the best reported, there is still much room for improvement in water quality. Forbes Walker, a soil scientist at the University of Tennessee, said, 'Erosion and soil discharge off of agricultural land are closely tied to the amount of nutrients that a particular region dumps into the Gulf. If we can control soil erosion, we can make great strides in reducing the loads that are going into the rivers and thereby into the Gulf, Walker said. [See the full Washington Post release]

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