Barge operators along a key stretch of the Mississippi River braced Monday for months of restricted shipping as crews prepared to begin blasting large rock formations that are impeding navigation on the drought-plagued waterway.
U.S. Senator from Illinois announces private gathering with other lawmakers and business leaders on low Mississippi river levels.
That is not good news for water levels on the Mississippi River which already threaten to slow down, if not shut down, barge traffic between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois.
Along with the debate over whether to send more water down the Missouri River for navigation purposes, enter Colorado in the picture.
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 new report shows that the nation’s worst drought in decades has leveled off last week after worsening during the two previous weeks.
Months of drought have left the Mississippi near historic low levels, a problem worsened last month when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam.
Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst says thieves are actually targeting those big bundles of hay that are left out in fields prior to being harvested.
The harvest advanced from 80 to 87 percent, as farmers switched to soybeans or were kept out of the fields by rain.