Mississippi River navigation halt looms

Dec 31, 2012 | 12:04 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Mississippi River, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Council, Deborah Colbert, American Waterways Operators, Tom Allegretti, Thebes, barge shipments scrap

CHICAGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released water again late last week from Carlyle Lake, a reservoir along the Kaskaskia River near St. Louis, to support the continuation of navigation on the Mississippi River.

It was the second release in less than two weeks; the first occurred Dec. 15. The releases were in response to the drought that has kept river levels too low—resulting in less-than-optimal drafts in many cases—to efficiently operate tugboats and barges.

The low water level has already had an impact on some ferrous scrap markets as well as the ferroalloys market (amm.com, Dec. 7).....





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