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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:17 PM

Mississippi River could become impassable in two weeks

Mississippi River could become impassable in two weeks
Scott Wuerz | Belleville News-Democrat

The Mississippi River could be too shallow for barge traffic between St. Louis and Cairo in two weeks due to decreasing water levels.

According to the American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council, the country's busiest inland waterway is nearly too low already for barges loaded with coal, steel and other commerce.

And it is expected to dry up considerably in the next couple of week due to the summer drought and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's move to hold back water from the Missouri River.

"Of particular concern are hazardous rock formations near Thebes and Grand Tower which threaten navigation when water levels drop to anticipated, near historic lows," the agencies said in a joint release. "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 Dec. 10."

U.S Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty said the river is about two feet below normal water levels. He expects it to threaten the all-time low of 6.2 feet below normal in December. The previous low water mark was set in 1940.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a controversial move, last week started to reduce to flow of water from the Missouri River into the Mississippi to make sure areas to the north have adequate water. "Congress and the Administration need to understand the immediate severity of this situation," American Waterways Operators President and CEO Tom Allegrett said. "The Mississippi River is an economic superhighway that efficiently carries hundreds of millions of tons of essential goods for domestic use as well as national export.

"We need to address this situation swiftly, cut through bureaucratic red tape, and prevent the closure of the Mississippi
."Fogarty said the Coast Guard and Corps of Engineers are already working to try to keep the Mississippi River traffic flowing."At this point in time the Missouri River has been cut off as we have been expecting since early July," Fogarty said. "The Army Corps of Engineers has begun heavy dredging and the Coast Guard has been moving assets to St. Louis to help in any way it can."



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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:22 PM

1. Uh, Washington...??


Dredging will help, but you know what would really help the river? Water.

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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:43 PM

2. What do you propose? I know, let's drill 1 million wells and drain the Oglalla Aquifer dry


in the next 6 months to keep the Mississippi navigable.

If they release water from the Missouri, that's taking a gun to the heads of the northern plains states, including the breadbasket of the US.

We made our bed by burning millions of tons of fossil fuels when we could have been developing alternatives. We created this drought via AGW. Now we can lie in it.

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