Mississippi River's levels threaten shipping

Nov 12, 2012 | 05:21 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Mississippi River, low water levels, Missouri River, American Waterways Operators, Tom Allegretti, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mike Petersen, AEP River Operations Marty Hettel

CHICAGO — Certain sections of the Mississippi River could close to commercial traffic by mid-December due to low water conditions unless action is taken to increase flows or remove obstacles, shipping sources told AMM.

Water releases from dams on the upper Missouri River are scaled back each November; this year, that would reduce already-low water levels on the Mississippi even further, particularly between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill., according to Arlington, Va.-based trade groups American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Waterways Council Inc. (WCI).
The groups have asked officials to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to quickly contract a project to blast rock formations that, at low water levels, block navigation. ....

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