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. The already-low Mississippi River level is dropping as a result and could get so low that barge traffic will be severely restricted or even halted by mid-December.
Nearly 80 members of Congress, three governors and many waterway operators have asked the corps to reconsider. Blunt said in a telephone news conference Tuesday that the next step is to evaluate asking for a presidential declaration that would restore the Missouri River flow.
Most Popular Today
- 1.Retail & Restaurants
Yogurt City Opens In Time For Spring Weather
GM Appoints Recall Investigation Team
- 3.General, Retail & Restaurants, Summit League Tournament
Summit League Brings Big Business To Sioux Falls
- 4.Gas & Energy
High Demand For MN Solar Energy Program
- 5.Gas & Energy
Survey: U.S. Average Gas Price Up Ten Cents A Gallon
- 6. All Industries
Inside KELOLAND: South Dakota Workforce
- 7.Gas & Energy
Gas Prices Up In South Dakota
Monday Morning Business Brief
Tuesday Morning Business Brief
Monday Afternoon Business Brief