posted on Nov, 25 2012 @ 09:30 AM
The developing situation on the Mississippi river, due to the drought that blistered the U.S. this year, has had a significant impact on waterway
transportation. The Army Corp of Engineers announced earlier this month that it would be reducing the outflow from Gavin's Point dam in order to
protect the Missouri River basin, which feeds the water level into the Mississippi river.
On November 8, 2012, the American Waterway Operators issued a press release calling on Congress and the Administration to address the ongoing problem
that could result in negative side effects on our national commerce.
Water releases from dams on the upper Missouri River are planned to be significantly scaled back later this month and these reductions are
expected to negatively impact the Mississippi River water level between St. Louis and Cairo, IL beginning December 1. Of particular concern are
hazardous rock formations near Thebes and Grand Tower, IL, which threaten navigation when water levels drop to anticipated, near historic lows. The
rock formations, combined with the reduced flows from the Missouri River, will prohibit the transport of essential goods along this critical point in
the river, effectively stopping barge transportation on the middle Mississippi River around December 10.
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On November 16, 2012, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, Barge Industry and Shipping Industry Representatives came together to address
navigation and shipping concerns, they issued the following press release.
"The Mississippi River is especially critical for the agricultural community, moving 60 percent of our nation’s grain exports. Closure of the
Mississippi next month would mean that about 300 million bushels of agricultural products worth $2.3 billion will be delayed reaching its
destination," echoed George Foster, President, JB Marine Service, Inc. in St. Louis.
On November 23, 2012, the Corp began reducing the outflow from the Missouri river into the Mississippi river. The outflow being released from the dam
in terms of cubic ft per second was 37,500, after the first planned cutback the amount was reduced to 35,500 cubic ft per second, and by December 11,
the outflow will be cut back to 12,000 because of the drought.
The flow is being reduced despite opposition from the governors of Missouri and Illinois and 77 members of Congress whose states are along the
Mississippi River. Scott Holste, a spokesman for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, said his office never received a reply to a letter Nixon sent
Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy to ask that the corps delay plans to reduce the Missouri River flow.
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