Mississippi River ready for navigation

Mar 05, 2013 | 05:26 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Mississippi River, low water, dredging, Army Corps of Engineers, Mike Petersen, AEP River Operations, Marty Hettel, steel aluminum

CHICAGO — The middle Mississippi River is finally wide enough and deep enough for near-normal seasonal navigation, thanks to dredging projects and precipitation, according to a major barge operator and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Army Corps of Engineers removed 8 million cubic yards of sediment and rock since August, twice as much as would be dredged in a non-drought year, Mike Petersen, spokesman for the agency’s St. Louis District, said March 5.....

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