American Waterways Operators
Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers released water from Carlyle Lake down the Kaskaskia River in order to stave off a potential shutdown in early-January.
The release, according to the American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council, Inc, could avoid a complete shutdown until at least mid-January.
“The Corps’ rock pinnacle removal and dredging work and our collective prayers for rain have not produced enough water to sustain navigation on the Mississippi”
A spokesman said there will be dredging operations on the river that will allow for deep enough channels, regardless of how low the water gets.
The Army Corps will begin blasting rock pinnacles on the river to increase water flow, and now The American Waterways Operators says that blasting won’t happen soon enough.
A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the Mississippi River, threatening barge traffic.