Illinois’ senior U.S. senator will meet tomorrow in East Alton with those most closely affected by low river levels on the Mississippi. The drought, which actually began late last year, has left water levels as much as 20 feet below normal from St. Louis to Cairo. The low levels have been worsened by a decision last week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cut the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam.
Durbin says he will be meeting with those who use barges to transport goods to gather input on the Army Corps of Engineers analysis on the future of barge traffic on the Mississippi River.
Tomorrow's private gathering in East Alton to discuss efforts to keep the river open to barge traffic starts at 8:30.