Mississippi River

The crest of the Mississippi River has reached the Quad Cities.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Mayors who live along the Mississippi River are asking the federal government to spend nearly $8 billion dollars on its infrastructure. 

Minor Flooding Likely

Mar 2, 2017

The chances for minor flooding by the Mississippi River have gone way up, but the probability of moderate flooding has held steady. Thursday the National Weather Service released its second flood outlook for this spring.

city of Dubuque

Hoping to be included in the Trump Administration's future spending on infrastructure, mayors from cities and towns along the Mississippi River are meeting in Washington. The group includes Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch and Roy Buol from Dubuque.

Mississippi Rising Slowly

Feb 27, 2017

In the Quad Cities, the Mississippi River is rising slowly - it's come up 1.7 feet since Friday and is now 3.3 feet below flood stage. The National Weather Service now predicts it will reach flood stage by next Sunday (3/6) which is considered "minor flooding."

Graph shows river leves at Rock Island with measured points in a line with forecast levels.
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dvn&gage=RCKI2 / Quad Cities National Weather Service

Davenport Public Works employees are preparing for the Mississippi River to reach flood stage soon, then rise a little more. The National Weather Service says river levels could rise quickly over the next week.

Spring Flood Outlook

Feb 16, 2017

Chances of flooding along the Mississippi River are slightly higher than normal this spring. In its first flood outlook, the National Weather Service says one of the usual factors, snow melt, should not be a problem this year, but as spring approaches, the Mississippi especially is already at a higher than normal level.

Algae bloom on spring fed pond downstream of dairy CAFO
Tennessee Clean Water Network / Mississippi River Collaborative, Decades of Delay, http://bit.ly/2haJxd9

Despite promise after promise over the last 20 years, the U.S. EPA has failed to clean up  the Mississippi River. Last month, the Mississippi River Collaboration released a report called, "Decades of Delay," which shows states along the river continue to allow nitrogen and phosphorus to contaminate the river and cause the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Miss R Geotourism website

The Quad Cities is part of a new effort to bring tourists to the Mississippi River. With local assistance from ten states, National Geographic has launched the Mississippi River Geo-tourism website.

During the regional rollout of the new website, Jim Dion from National Geographic said now people can plan trips along the river using stories, pictures, and maps supplied by people who live along the river. 

Metro Link

The season ends this weekend for the Channel Cat Water Taxi. It will make its final trips across the Mississippi River on Saturday and Sunday. 

Hours for the final weekend will be 11 am until 6 pm.