The Army Corps of Engineers is standing their ground when to comes to water flow on the Mississippi River. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had asked for additional water flow from the Missouri River in order to keep water levels on the Mississippi River high enough for barge traffic between East St. Louis and Cairo, but the Army Corps of Engineers says they will continue to hold back water as planned.
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Durbin says despite that decision, there was some good news in a letter that denied his request. “They believe things will get better on the lower and middle Mississippi,” Durbin said. Durbin says there are efforts in place to remove some rocks from portions of the Mississippi River where it could affect barge traffic with low water conditions.
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