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Mississippi River Barge Navigation Threatened by Missouri River Flow Reductions

Date Posted: November 21, 2012

This article is reprinted from the USDA's Nov. 21 Grain Transportation Report.

On or about November 23, as it does every year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is scheduled to reduce the flow from the Missouri River in accordance with Corps regulations.

Proponents of inland waterways are warning that the immediate reduction of Missouri River flows will disrupt navigation on the Mississippi River between St. Louis, MO, and Cairo, IL, because the lower water levels will make submerged rock pinnacles an obstacle to navigation.

Navigation interests have stated that the Corps procedures will result in barge traffic disruptions as soon as December 10.

Proponents of navigation, including members of Congress, are requesting that the Corps remove the rock formations and continue the current Missouri River flows to enable safe navigation on the Mississippi River.

For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.

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