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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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"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.
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.
Originally posted by PuterMan
reply to post by Lil Drummerboy
Yes but only of drought in the US.
We have way too much water. I wish we could send you some!