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USGS deploys monitoring devices to study sediment in Mississippi River near Clinton

Posted on AllSides June 19th, 2024

Water clarity in Pool 13, which stretches about 34 miles from Bellevue to Clinton, has not met the water clarity criteria necessary for sustaining aquatic plants in 16 of the past 30 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which monitors the river. “We think about plants as being an important structural component in an ecosystem where they provide nursery habitat for certain fish species,” Bouska said. “Just by their physical structure they can reduce wave action by themselves. They can kind of slow down the water and cause sediment...

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