The commerce along the rivers has been in the news, particularly with the passage, and now signing, of the lock-and-dam repair act known as WRRDA. But environmental concerns are not being left out, either.

“I think, actually, they’re interrelated,” Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said after a Big River Works summit in Washington. “There were certainly folks there who have an interest in shipping on the river, which is just enormous. It’s one of the reasons why our grain in the state of Illinois travels far and wide.”

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Simon says what she hopes comes of all this is a multi-state compact to oversee Mississippi River concerns, including its governance and sustainability.

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