Low water levels on Mississippi River near St. Louis could cause barges to stop
A barge sails for the shore in front of the Lewis and Clark statue on the St. Louis riverfront on the Mississippi River in St. Louis on December 7, 2012. Due to drought conditions, water levels on the river have dropped to 13 feet, possibly going as low as nine feet before the end of the year. Politicians have requested that the Army Corps of Engineers allow more water be let into the Mississippi from the Missouri River at the Gavins Point Dam, 600 miles away. Barge operators say without water their loads will be lighter, eventually costing the consumer of coal and grain, much more. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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