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D.C. move may effect Mississippi barge traffic

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WASHINGTON, D.C., (KNOE 8 News) - Meetings going on in Washington may have a major effect on Mississippi river barge traffic soon.

Lawmakers from Mississippi River states are meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers to talk about the waterway's critically low levels, which threaten to bring barge traffic to a halt.

Senators and Congressmen are in Washington meeting with Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy about the problems that may come from lowering upstream water levels.

At issue is the Army Corps' recent move to reduce flow of the Missouri River, which feeds into the Mississippi. Lawmakers believe that this move could make already low levels of the Mississippi worse, potentially squeezing commerce on that river.

Grain, corn, coal, petroleum and chemicals are all typically shipped on the river. That's partly because the volume is so high that using trucks or trains would be far more costly.

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