Waterways Council backs river bills

Apr 11, 2013 | 05:36 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Waterways Council, Senate bills, Mississippi River, Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk, floods, droughts, navigation Water Resource Development Act

CHICAGO — Two bills aimed at keeping navigation along the Mississippi River and related waterways during droughts and severe weather conditions have been endorsed by the Waterways Council, which represents major shippers, as well as terminal operators and ship owners.

The Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act (S.B.565) and the Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act (S.B.566) were introduced by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) and cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.). Durbin was especially active last year in pressing the Obama administration to clear rock formations on the middle Mississippi River that were uncovered when drought conditions lowered the river’s water levels.....

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