As Mississippi River Dries Up, Army Corps of Engineers Dredge & Remove Rock
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, January 13, 2013
Behold but one of the effects of climate change… the mighty Mississippi River going dry.
And really, why argue about what’s causing it when we need to be responding to the problems it creates?
Initial Mississippi River Rock Removal Complete, Says Army
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said contractors have completed the first phase of emergency work to remove rocks that have held up barge traffic in the drought-stricken Mississippi River.
Contractors have excavated about 365 cubic yards (279 cubic meters) of limestone from the river near the town of Thebes in southern Illinois, deepening the channel by about two feet, the Corps said in a statement today.
“The work has deepened the channel enough to
successfully maintain navigation through this critical reach of the river,” Major General John Peabody, the Corps’ Mississippi Valley division commander, said in the statement.
Barge traffic for shippers including Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM) of Decatur, Illinois, has slowed on the river due to shallow water caused by the worst U.S. drought since the 1930s. About $2.8 billion worth of cargo, including grain, coal and fertilizer, moves along the Mississippi during a typical January, according to the American Waterways Operators, an Arlington, Virginia-based industry group. The group has called for more water to be released from reservoirs upstream from St. Louis if drought conditions worsen.
To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Wingfield in Washington at bwingfield3
To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at jmorgan97; Ann Hughey at ahughey
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