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River not dropping as fast as expected, but concerns remain

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — A revised Mississippi River forecast is offering a bit of a reprieve for shippers, showing the water level isn’t dropping as quickly as feared. Still, at least two large barge companies already are reducing their loads over concerns about the river’s depth. Months of drought have left the Mississippi near historic low levels, a problem worsened last ...

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Leaders hoping to meet with Corps over critically low river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Federal lawmakers from Mississippi River states hope their meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers addresses the waterway’s critically low levels, which threaten to bring barge traffic to a halt. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois will join colleagues from middle America during a meeting today in Washington with Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy. At issue is the ...

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Coast city begins dredging for harbor project

BAY ST. LOUIS — Dredging has begun on the Bay St. Louis Harbor and Marina project The Sea Coast Echo reports a barge began dredging sand this week from the Mississippi Sound about 500 yards from the foot of Main Street. The dredging is the first phase of the $22 million harbor project. City officials hope the dredging will be ...

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Senator may seek emergency declaration to keep barges moving

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri may seek a presidential emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River. The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota. That means less water coming down the Missouri and into the Mississippi River. ...

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Businesses asking for help as river approaches historic low

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Businesses that move products on the Mississippi River continue to seek the government’s help as the river approaches historic lows. The Army Corps of Engineers last Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River reservoir to ease drought conditions in that part of the country. The move will reduce the amount of water flowing into ...

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More officials voice concern over Corps' plan for reservoir

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri are joining the chorus expressing concern over the Army Corps of Engineers plan to reduce flow from an Missouri River reservoir, potentially affecting shipping on the Mississippi River. The Corps has said that around Nov. 23 it will reduce the flow at Gavins Point Dam in South ...

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Corps to reduce flow from reservoir; could worsen low-water problem

MISSOURI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce the flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir despite concerns that it will worsen low-water problems on the Mississippi River, officials told The Associated Press yesterday. The Corps expects to cut the flow from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to 12,000 cubic feet per ...

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Officials plead for more water in river; Corps hiring more workers

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are imploring the federal government to keep water flowing on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers or face potential “economic disaster.” The nearly year-long drought has left many waterways at historic lows. Nixon sent a letter urging the Army Corps of Engineers to rethink plans to stop the release of ...

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Boat facility to be razed after land swap proposal fails

OCEAN SPRINGS — The state Department of Marine Resources is going to tear down and remove the large boat storage shed it owns in Ocean Springs Harbor. The Sun Herald reports it will not be swapped for land on Back Bay in Biloxi. Bill Walker, head of the DMR, said Wednesday they couldn’t work out the legalities of a land ...

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City divides harbor project after higher-than-ecxpected bids

PASS CHRISTIAN — The city of Pass Christian has split its harbor improvements project into three parts. Mayor Chipper McDermott tells WLOX-TV the decision was made after bids came in higher than expected on the $33-million project. McDermott said the phase one dredging work is already finished and phase two, which involves concrete pilings, is wrapping up. He said bids ...

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