Missouri River http://kcur.org en Missouri 340 Canoe Race Postponed Due To Flooding http://kcur.org/post/missouri-340-canoe-race-postponed-due-flooding <p>For hundreds of paddlers, the Missouri 340 race is a true test of endurance, but flooding along the Missouri River has put the competition on hold.</p><p>The popular canoe race runs 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles. Organizers said they felt that heightened water levels would introduce too much debris and keep racers from being able to reach shore when they needed a break.&nbsp;</p><p>Scott Mansker, race director, says postponing the race isn't ideal because people already have taken time off work to race. But the delay ultimately won't kill the competition, he says.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:41:19 +0000 Cody Newill 58532 at http://kcur.org Missouri 340 Canoe Race Postponed Due To Flooding Snowy Winter Not Causing Flood Concerns On Missouri River http://kcur.org/post/snowy-winter-not-causing-flood-concerns-missouri-river <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A long winter of brutally cold temperatures and seemingly endless snowfall led to a deep snowpack in the mountains at the headwaters of the Missouri River.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But that doesn’t necessarily mean a higher risk of flooding this spring.&nbsp;</span></p><p>2011 brought major flooding to many areas along the Missouri River. This year, the snow pack is comparable to those levels. But Kevin Low of the National Weather Service says even though the snow is starting to melt, there are a few differences this year.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:33:24 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 54275 at http://kcur.org Snowy Winter Not Causing Flood Concerns On Missouri River The Missouri River Environment And The Pallid Sturgeon http://kcur.org/post/missouri-river-environment-and-pallid-sturgeon <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri River is a significant natural resource for our community. It is a place for recreation and enjoyment, and it provides farmers with water for their crops. The "Big Muddy" is also home to a diverse ecosystem, including the <a href="http://kcur.org/post/genetic-mapping-gives-endangered-missouri-river-pallid-boost">pallid sturgeon</a>. On today's </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Standard</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we discuss the history of the Missouri River, its wildlife and efforts to protect it.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:26:22 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54163 at http://kcur.org The Missouri River Environment And The Pallid Sturgeon Genetic Mapping Gives Endangered Missouri River Pallid A Boost http://kcur.org/post/genetic-mapping-gives-endangered-missouri-river-pallid-boost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri River has turned into a harsh home for the pallid sturgeon — commonly known as the "Missouri River dinosaur." </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The white flat-nosed fish has been on the planet for more than 70 million years, and it’s been on the federal endangered species list since 1990. But genetic research and stocking efforts are helping these ancient bottom feeder species.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:27:08 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 53893 at http://kcur.org Genetic Mapping Gives Endangered Missouri River Pallid A Boost Where You Draw The Lines In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/where-you-draw-lines-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A metropolitan area that straddles a state line provides plenty of fodder for a discussion on how Kansas </span>Citians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> choose to divide themselves.</span></p><p>This week, we wanted to know where you draw the lines in the metropolitan area.</p><p>We went on the air and used social media to ask: <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-are-kansas-city-metro-s-strongest-dividing-lines">What are the Kansas City metro’s strongest dividing lines? How do they affect your life?</a></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:32:01 +0000 Alyson Raletz 51920 at http://kcur.org Where You Draw The Lines In Kansas City The Missouri River Crisis: Falling Water Levels Causes Concern http://kcur.org/post/missouri-river-crisis-falling-water-levels-causes-concern <p></p><p>The Missouri River levels are critically low. If the problem is not resolved soon, area utilities, levees and bridges could be in serious crisis . Today we discuss the effects of dropping water levels and the multimillion dollar expenditure needed to remedy the issue.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51064 at http://kcur.org Nelson-Atkins Commissions Work From Artist Maya Lin http://kcur.org/post/nelson-atkins-commissions-work-artist-maya-lin <p>The <a href="http://www.nelson-atkins.org/">Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art </a>has commissioned a new work by architect and artist <a href="http://www.mayalin.com/">Maya Lin</a>, who's probably best known as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.&nbsp;</p><p>Lin’s sculpture, <em>Silver Missouri, </em>inspired by the Missouri River, is crafted from recycled silver, and it’s one in a series of works exploring water conservation. It will be installed in the Bloch Building on November 15.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:42:49 +0000 Laura Spencer 46037 at http://kcur.org Nelson-Atkins Commissions Work From Artist Maya Lin Army Corps of Engineers Face River Issues http://kcur.org/post/army-corps-engineers-face-river-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers faced </span><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/panel-corps-not-to-blame-_n_1161228.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">infrastructure issues, farmland destruction and reservoir management challenges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as it dealt with the aftermath of the flooding. Runoff and drought forecasts for the summer show </span><a href="http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/runoff_narrative.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">decreasing drought levels</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> across the Midwest plains and </span><a href="http://drought.gov/media/eventfiles/National%20Drought%20Outlook%20May%202013%20FINAL%205%2015%202013.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">increased soil moisture levels</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. (See </span><a href="http://www.dnr.mo.gov/mo-river-flooding.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for more predictions from the Missouri </span>DNR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Kansas City District produced </span><a href="http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Portals/29/docs/emergencymanagement/watermanagement/12_AnnualReport.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">a good summary of the problems they faced</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the flooding and drought of 2011-2012. The Corps also had to </span><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/army-corps-of-engineers-defends-handling-of-missouri-river/article_82094e53-cde0-5cdd-916a-26a04a8d2e72.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">defend the maintenance and management of the river’s infrastructure</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after the 2011 floods.</span></p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37658 at http://kcur.org Army Corps of Engineers Face River Issues Man, Woman Vanish Into Missouri River Without A Trace http://kcur.org/post/man-woman-vanish-missouri-river-without-trace <p>The Missouri River swallowed up two people seen jumping from the Kit Bond Bridge at midday.</p><p>Traffic was stopped on the span that carries some 100,000 vehicles a day.</p><p>Police talked with at least one witness.</p><p>Visibility was obscured by snow squalls that whipped the river at the time.</p><p>KCUR’s Dan Verbeck gave a description from the site where the river search was launched and ended--“this is Riverfront Park, downstream from the Bond Bridge." &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:00:59 +0000 Dan Verbeck 33864 at http://kcur.org Man, Woman Vanish Into Missouri River Without A Trace Bond Bridge Reopens, Crews Stop Search For Jumpers http://kcur.org/post/bond-bridge-reopens-crews-stop-search-jumpers <p>Emergency workers reportedly began searching the Missouri River late Thursday morning after two or possibly three people were seen jumping from the Bond Bridge.</p><p><strong>Update 1:32 p.m</strong>. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports that the abandoned pickup found on the bridge has been towed. Rescue boats have been removed from the scene, and no rescue was performed. The focus for now will turn to identifying the truck's owners.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:56:57 +0000 Emilie Mutert & Dan Verbeck 33835 at http://kcur.org Bond Bridge Reopens, Crews Stop Search For Jumpers Fending Off Missouri Floods High On KC Wish List http://kcur.org/post/fending-missouri-floods-high-kc-wish-list <p>Kansas City will be asking for federal funding in the area of $42 million for flood control along Missouri river levees and streams that feed the river. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:05:20 +0000 Dan Verbeck 30624 at http://kcur.org Fending Off Missouri Floods High On KC Wish List Green Impact Zone & The Missouri River http://kcur.org/post/green-impact-zone-missouri-river <p>You probably know that the Missouri River is the longest river in North America.&nbsp; But did you know that it's also one of the most polluted?</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Jabulani Leffall, Matthew Long-Middleton & Jeffrey Harvey 29230 at http://kcur.org Green Impact Zone & The Missouri River Low Water Flow Causes Freight Problems On The Mississippi River http://kcur.org/post/low-water-flow-causes-freight-problems-mississippi-river <p>The Army Corps of Engineers began shutting down flow from a South Dakota reservoir which feeds into Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis.</p><p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:37:48 +0000 Maria Carter 28097 at http://kcur.org Low Water Flow Causes Freight Problems On The Mississippi River Control Of Missouri River Divides Communities http://kcur.org/post/control-missouri-river-divides-communities <p>Along a vast stretch of the Missouri River, the floodwaters that ravished homes, businesses and farms last year are not a distant memory.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:26:03 +0000 Clay Masters 19942 at http://kcur.org Control Of Missouri River Divides Communities Farmers & Environmentalists Dispute Missouri River Plan http://kcur.org/post/farmers-environmentalists-dispute-missouri-river-plan <p>The <a href="http://www.usace.army.mil/" target="_blank">Army Corps of Engineers</a> wants to build a new chute at <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/bigmuddy/Jameson_Island.html" target="_blank">Jameson Island</a> designed to protect the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Endangered/fishes/palld_fc.html" target="_blank">pallid sturgeon</a> and other native fish species.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:19:06 +0000 Marshall Griffin 19233 at http://kcur.org Farmers & Environmentalists Dispute Missouri River Plan Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-may-15-2012 <p>Despite a tax bill headed to the governor&rsquo;s desk, tax negotiations continue in Kansas.&nbsp; Rush Limbaugh is inducted to the Hall of Famous Missourians.&nbsp; Report critics floor management on the Missouri River.&nbsp; That and more news from KCUR.</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 13:03:13 +0000 Maria Carter 17680 at http://kcur.org Boating & Fishing On KC Waters http://kcur.org/post/boating-fishing-kc-waters <p>On Thursday’s Central Standard, we embark on the next installment in our three part series looking at how we find water in our city. This time we look to the lakes and rivers, where fishers cast their nets, canoes glide across the water, and boaters set sail.</p> <p>Also, find out more about our new interactive map and how to join our water photo contest.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Jabulani Leffall 17374 at http://kcur.org Boating & Fishing On KC Waters Repairing Missouri River Levees http://kcur.org/post/repairing-missouri-river-levees <p>Wednesday on <a href="/programs/centralstandard"><em><strong>Central Standard</strong></em></a>, we drive our proverbial Chevy to Missouri River levees, and ask where the funds went dry.</p><p>Our guest <strong>Jud Kneuvean</strong>, Chief of Emergency Management for the <a href="http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/index.cfm" target="_blank"><strong>US Army Corps of Engineers</strong></a>, will tell us about their plans to fix 11 of the 68 Missouri River levees in time for the Spring, and how they determined the crucial sites for repairs.</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:59:54 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 8979 at http://kcur.org Repairing Missouri River Levees Drivers' Relief Nearing For Bridge Crossing http://kcur.org/post/drivers-relief-nearing-bridge-crossing <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c40d1fb9696-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c40d1fb9696-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c40d1fb9696-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-895467.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – The new Missouri River bridge replacing the Paseo span will be close enough to completion to carry traffic by year's end.</p> Fri, 09 Apr 2010 22:04:56 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6506 at http://kcur.org Drivers' Relief Nearing For Bridge Crossing