sandbars http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Army Corps says low river levels not going away any time soon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/army-corps-says-low-river-levels-not-going-away-any-time-soon <p>Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were in Alton Friday as part of their annual low-water inspection.</p><p>The Corps has stepped up emergency scouring and dredging operations in response to the unprecedented low water levels in the Mississippi River Basin.</p><p>Marty Hettle works for the barge operator, AEP.&nbsp; He says the river forecast is not expected to trend upward any time soon.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:36:54 +0000 The Associated Press & Adam Allington 4343 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Army Corps says low river levels not going away any time soon