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Mississippi River
10:43 am
Tue December 18, 2012

More Water For Missouri River - But What About The Mississippi Situation?

"As the river levels drop river depth decreases and the river banks recede. As a result the fleeting areas (areas where barges are picked up and dropped off) move closer to the channel. This makes for tight quarters while vessels navigate the river."
via Flickr/TeamSaintLouis (Army Corps of Engineers)

Updated 2:10 p.m. with information about excavation and blasting.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. to include comments from Jody Farhat of the Corps of Engineers.

The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will be increased this week because of concerns about colder temperatures, but the increase isn't likely to boost the level of the Mississippi River downstream.

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shipping
2:04 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Corps Increasing Flow From Ill. Reservoir To Aid Shippers

Credit (via Flickr/The Confluence)

The Army Corps of Engineers has started releasing more water from Carlyle Lake in Illinois to help keep barges moving along the Mississippi River.

Army Corps of Engineers Spokesman Mike Peterson says they had a pretty good idea this summer’s brutal drought would cause big shipping problems in the fall and winter.

So, they held back water in Carlyle Lake, which is a little over 50 miles east of St. Louis, because it's one of the region's few reservoirs with a little extra water from rain.  

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Water
3:39 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Major Pipeline Using Missouri River Among Ideas For Aiding Arid West

A map of the path of the Missouri River.
(via Wikimedia Commons/DEMIS Mapserver/Shannon 1)

Drought-stricken Midwestern states are already squabbling over rights to water in the region's rivers. Now, the fight could be intensified by a new idea for diverting water from the Missouri River to help seven arid states in the West.

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Mississippi River
11:03 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Corps Of Engineers Decides Against Releasing More Water For Mississippi

(via Flickr/The Confluence)

A top Army Corps of Engineers official says she believes the low Mississippi River will remain open to shipping, partly justifying the agency's decision to not release more water from the Missouri River into the Mississippi.

Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy, in a Thursday letter obtained by The Associated Press, tells lawmakers from Mississippi River states that the agency won't be scaling back the amount of Missouri River water it began withholding last month from the Mississippi.

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Shipping
2:57 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Water Fight: Drought, Farming, Fracking And The Midwest's Tense Shipping Situation

Barge workers on the Mississippi River near St. Louis on Dec. 2, 2012. Low river levels have caused significant issues for the shipping industry on the river.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

Politicians across the Midwest are continuing to press the President to declare a state of emergency on the Mississippi River to allow barge traffic to keep flowing.

Every year roughly $180 billion worth of freight makes its way up and down the river.

Now, a record shortage of water on the nation’s major inland waterways is expected to put upward pressure on everything from food items to electricity.

The drought effect

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Business
5:24 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Army Corps Moving Forward With Plans To Reduce Flow On Missouri River

Low water on Mississippi River could get lower
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

Businesses that work and ship on the Mississippi River are seeking a presidential declaration keep water flowing out of reservoirs on the Missouri River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closes dams in South Dakota at this time every year to store water to maintain levels later in the spring and summer.

The Missouri River accounts for roughly 60 percent of the water flowing by St. Louis. In a drought-year like this year, George Foster of St. Louis’ J.B. Marine says reducing river levels would risk closing the shipping channel.

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Mississippi River
3:50 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Lawmakers: Mississippi River Locks 'Desperate' For Repair

A barge travels the Mississippi River.
(via Flickr/The Confluence)

Federal lawmakers from several states along the Mississippi River are pressing to modernize the waterway's locks-and-dams system, which they say desperately needs repair.

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk of Illinois, Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt from Missouri, and Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley from Iowa are pressing the Environmental and Public Works Committee to ensure funding to hasten what they term critical improvements.

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Barge Shipping
2:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Emergency repair at Lock 27 has barge traffic at a standstill

Stikywikit Flickr

Updated 1:45 p.m. Lock 27 reopened this morning at 3:30 a.m. after being closed for 5 days. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it may take up to 72 hours to push through the  63 vessels and 455 barges, some from as far as New Orleans, that backed up during the closure. The Corps estimated that the closure cost nearly $3 million per day . Lock 27 underwent major rehab in the past few years and was damaged due to low water levels.

Our original story:

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Business
6:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Asian carp solution will have downstream impact

A tugboat pushes a barge under the Eads Bridge in St. Louis
Kelly Martin Via Wikimedia Commons

The issue of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes has implications for a variety of industries.  Midwest officials are weighing a range of options, including severing the connection between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.  This last option comes with a list of potential economic implications for the shipping and manufacturing industry.

For instance, the 70-mile stretch of Mississippi River at St. Louis is one of the busiest inland ports in America—a place where grain, aggregate and steel are loaded and shipped up and down the river.

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Mississippi River
2:57 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

New initiative aims to bring greater attention to Mississippi River issues

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay speaks during the kick off event for the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Mayors from 19 cities and towns are in St. Louis this week to launch a new initiative aimed at bringing greater attention to issues affecting the Mississippi River.

A total of 41 mayors, so far, have formally agreed to the partnership, which is set to begin lobbying congress in March of next year.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said mutual interests trump party politics.

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