Two freshman Congressmen from southern Illinois want the Army Corps of Engineers to start thinking of ways it can coordinate river management to keep cargo traffic flowing during droughts or floods.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann explains.
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Republican Rodney Davis and Democrat Bill Enyart’s measure was inspired by last year’s near-record low water levels along the Mississippi River.
The requested study would look at how the government could change its management of locks and dams, and upstream reservoirs.
Enyart says it’s time the country started thinking about rivers as a system, not individual bodies of water.
ENYART: “How do you balance someone getting to go boating against being able to get barges full of soybeans and corn out to feed the world. As it stands today, we can’t balance those.”
The measure also calls for improvements to forecasting devices and giving the Corps the ability to do work outside of the main navigation channel to keep traffic flowing. I’m Rachel Lippmann.
-St. Louis Public Radio