El Dorado State Park

When the United States Army Corps of Engineers began construction on El Dorado Lake in 1973, there were already two lakes on the proposed site—Bluestem Lake and the original El Dorado Lake. However, for improved flood control on the Walnut River, the two lakes were combined. The Bluestem Lake dam was breached and the watersContinue reading “El Dorado State Park”

Eisenhower State Park

Eisenhower State Park was made possible by yet another flood control project carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  This time, the offending river was the Marais des Cygnes, once infamous for destructive floods.  Construction was authorized in 1954, but the project was not started until 1967.  The lake was completely filled andContinue reading “Eisenhower State Park”

How Glyphosate-Resistant Crops Work

Glyphosate-resistant crops are prime examples of genetic engineering. These crops have been genetically modified to withstand the effects of herbicides that use glyphosate as the active ingredient, most notably the product Roundup.   How Glyphosate-Resistant Crops Resist Herbicides Like all other living things, plants need fatty acids to survive. Unlike animals, however, plants do notContinue reading “How Glyphosate-Resistant Crops Work”