News Archive: 2008

December 29, 2008

Hydrokinetic Energy Experiment at Hastings
In the first of its kind installation in the U.S., the City of Hastings, working with Hydro Green Energy has been licensed to place two hydroturbines in the Mississippi River. The turbines are to be installed downstream from the existing hydropower plant at Lock and Dam #2.

December 17, 2008

Course of Action Identified for Bureau of Mines Site
Lyle Laverty, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior, wrote on November 25, 2008, that the DOI has identified the course of action they recommend for the Bureau of Mines site.

November 25, 2008

Portion of the Rock Island Bridge Collapses
The eastern section of the old Rock Island Bridge between St. Paul Park and Inver Grove Heights collapsed on November 21.

October 30, 2008

National Parks Along the River Unite!
America’s most famous river has inspired almost a dozen parks and partners to gather and discuss the possibilities to collaborate. On October 14-16, park superintendents in the Midwest and Southeast regions gathered in the shadow of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to explore how the Mississippi River connects their places and stories.

October 21, 2008

Tour to be held at Rock Island Bridge
Built in 1894, the Rock Island Swing Bridge was the longest swing span bridge in the world at the time it was constructed and is possibly the only remaining swing bridge in the US that was uniquely constructed to carry trains on an upper level deck and passenger traffic on the lower level deck.

August 14, 2008 The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Premieres New Park Movie
On August 15, 2008 the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area had plenty of reason to celebrate. A new park movie made its debut, our visitor center is five years old, and we are preparing to celebrate the park's 20th anniversary.

June 19, 2008

Deputy Director Lindi Harvey, Wilderness Inquiry and Girls Scouts celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on the Mississippi River!
Saturday, June 14, 2008, was a very good day on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Minneapolis-based Wilderness Inquiry kicked off a new partnership that brings together programming from each organization to create a powerful urban wilderness experience.

May 21, 2008

Eagle Nest Survey in the Mississippi River's National Park
Majestic and proud, the bald eagle was chosen to represent the United States of America. However, as a result of the use of DDT and other human activities the bald eagle nearly became extinct.

June 10 2008

Cruise the River During Hastings Rivertown Days
On July 20, join Park Rangers from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and representatives of the Mississippi River Fund on a Mississippi River cruise during Hastings Rivertown Days.

June 10 2008

Four Cities to Hold Workshops Focusing on Riverfront Assets
During the month of June, Friends of the Mississippi River, along with staff from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, will help four Mississippi River communities focus on their riverfront assets, on America’s greatest river...

June 10 2008 Planting the Tallgrass Prairie: You Can Help!
On June 14, join Park Rangers from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and employees from REI, Inc. to help restore the tallgrass prairie at Coon Rapids Regional Park’s Cenaiko Lake.

May 2 2008

It's Birding Time
This is a great time of year for birding, since 40 percent of the migrating birds in North America travel the Mississippi flyway and everything seems to be on the move right now.

April 25 2008 Bridge Over Mississippi River to Close
Hennepin County will close the Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis today at 10 a.m. The bridge, which was built in 1905 and rebuilt from its original structure in 1958, spans the Mississippi River, connecting Northeast and North Minneapolis.

Apr 11

Navigation Season Gets Its Latest Start Ever
The commercial navigation season got its latest start ever in this area with the arrival this morning (April 11) of the first tow and barges to reach St. Paul. The MV David L. Griggs made it through Lake Pepin ice on Thursday.

Mar 24 2008

Status of River Navigation and Lake Pepin Ice Cover
Commercial navigation on the Mississippi River here in the metropolitan area is likely to get a pretty late start in 2008. As the weather warms and river ice begins to break up, Lake Pepin is usually the last barrier to northbound towboat traffic.

Feb 26 2008

St. Anthony Falls Drawdown
On February 20, 2008, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowered the quarter-mile long reservoir between the Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls Locks and Dams. They did so to inspect one of the two flood control tunnels for the Bassett Creek watershed. One of the outlets flows into the reservoir between the locks and dams.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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