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Barge operators enjoy first full navigation season in six years

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – Barge operators had a full navigation season on the Missouri River for the first time in six years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says when the commercial navigation season ended Tuesday, it was the first normal eight-month season since 2003.

The Corps manages the river by releasing or holding back water in a series of upstream reservoirs.

It says most of the reservoirs have nearly recovered from a decade of drought, and only one lake remains lower than normal.

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