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The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week
TBI - AP ^ | 12-28-2012 | Jim Salter

Posted on 12/28/2012 8:19:44 AM PST by blam

The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week

Jim Salter, Associated Press
December 28, 2012

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warned Thursday that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis.

Mike Petersen of the Army Corps of Engineers said ice on the northern Mississippi River is reducing the flow more than expected at the middle part of the river that is already at a low-water point unseen in decades, the result of months of drought.

The river level is now expected to get to 3 feet at the Thebes, Ill., gauge on Jan. 6, a juncture that could force new limitations. Worse still, the long-range forecast from the National Weather Service calls for the river to keep falling, reaching 2 feet on Jan. 23.

The Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open. But officials with two trade groups — the American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council Inc. — said in a joint news release that even if the river is open, further limits on barges will bring commercial traffic to a halt.

Thebes, about 150 miles south of St. Louis, is a treacherous spot for barge operators because of hazardous rock formations and a big bend in the river. The corps is in the process of removing the rocks but work isn't expected to be finished until mid- to late-January at the earliest.

The trade groups renewed their call for presidential action requiring the Corps of Engineers to increase the flow of water from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota.

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; mississippiriver; shipping; trade

1 posted on 12/28/2012 8:19:53 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

Well that will certainly put a crimp in the plans for a dockworkers strike!


2 posted on 12/28/2012 8:25:35 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: blam

Isn’t this cyclic ?


3 posted on 12/28/2012 8:27:35 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

Ice and winter- now ‘unexpected’.


4 posted on 12/28/2012 8:28:26 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: blam
Just another evidence of God's judgment against this nation, but the people won't heed the warnings will they?

Don't mind me, just another watchman blowing the trumpet even though the people aren't listening.......

5 posted on 12/28/2012 8:29:42 AM PST by ducttape45
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To: blam

I thought I saw a story a few days ago about taking water from the river for??


6 posted on 12/28/2012 8:33:25 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: blam

No, I’m sure this incorrect. Global Warming dictates that water levels will rise. /s


7 posted on 12/28/2012 8:36:27 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: knarf

Do you remember the last time it was this low?


8 posted on 12/28/2012 8:36:38 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: blam

Just wait until the Red freezes and thaws, all will be good.


9 posted on 12/28/2012 8:40:59 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: blam
A WWII minesweeper used as a tourist attraction was washed away and sunk in a flood some years back. The low water reveled its new resting place.

HERE.

10 posted on 12/28/2012 8:42:12 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: blam
Ol' Man River
11 posted on 12/28/2012 8:44:00 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: blam

East Side (of the Long Muddy) represent! Not our fault. Must be the lame Mizzou and the upper tributes.


12 posted on 12/28/2012 8:50:27 AM PST by StAnDeliver (Own It.)
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To: StAnDeliver

I believe the Canadians are still willing to sell us Lake Winnipeg for a buck and a half a gallon.


13 posted on 12/28/2012 8:52:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: stuartcr
"Do you remember the last time it was this low?"

Hell, I'm gonn'a go get sum'm d'eat.

I can't remember if I ate yet or not

/8^)

14 posted on 12/28/2012 8:53:48 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

1988, the first time in recorded history


15 posted on 12/28/2012 8:57:29 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

That was before the news of the Mississippi getting low. It’s now $5 a gallon.


16 posted on 12/28/2012 9:08:54 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: blam

After all this snow and the storms...I don’t think so. Wait until the season is over and then get back to us.


17 posted on 12/28/2012 9:16:40 AM PST by madison10
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To: blam
"Mike Petersen of the Army Corps of Engineers said ice on the northern Mississippi River is reducing the flow more than expected at the middle part of the river that is already at a low-water point unseen in decades, the result of months of drought."

This is BS. It's been above freezing almost the entire month of Nov. and Dec. in most parts of the country (where the Miss.River runs) and we've had a LOT of rain this fall so...you decide.

18 posted on 12/28/2012 9:28:10 AM PST by ASouthernGrl (BHO sucks)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Obama’s election only healed the seas, not the rivers.


19 posted on 12/28/2012 9:35:51 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: blam

I work where we overlook the Mississippi and it is terribly low and has been since mid summer. The barge traffic has almost completely stopped - they had been doing some dredging to keep it open but it looks like it’s beyond that now.


20 posted on 12/28/2012 9:40:13 AM PST by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd, Medea Benjamin - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: ASouthernGrl
There is longstanding drought in the central US:


21 posted on 12/28/2012 9:54:10 AM PST by iowamark
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To: blam

spring & summer drought in parts of the midwest, and then winter comes and precipitation turns to snow instead of immediate runoff

a situation that has been repeated many times on the Mississippi


22 posted on 12/28/2012 10:00:59 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Buckeye McFrog

And should be a boom to the trucking and freight trains.


23 posted on 12/28/2012 10:05:34 AM PST by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: iowamark

Your drought map shows Western North Carolina as moderately to abnormally dry, with a touch of severe drought.
No way that is possible, at least in Jackson and surrounding counties.
We have had way above normal rains for at least the past year.


24 posted on 12/28/2012 11:27:00 AM PST by jsh3180
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To: blam

Maybe Obama, Reid, and Boehner can get together and use the same logic as fixing the econmy by raising taxes on the rich.

Just pour a gallon of water in the River should take care of the problem until next Christmas. Now if they can just get the chucleheads to agree, we will avert a crisis.


25 posted on 12/28/2012 11:53:21 AM PST by nomobs
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To: stuartcr
Do you remember the last time it was this low?

Actually no, but my newspaper search can remember lots, here are just a few:

MISSISSIPPI AT RECORD LOW; RIVER TRAFFIC IS HAMPERED
New York Times January 12, 1981

BARGE BACKUP. BARGES WAIT NEAR ST. LOUIS
Chicago Tribune December 20, 1989
The normal flow of Midwest grain to ports on the Gulf of Mexico has been disrupted because of heavy ice and low water on the Mississippi River, which has been closed to navigation for more than 200 miles south of St. Louis.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATER LEVEL HERE IS AT ITS LOWEST POINT IN YEARS DROUGHT IS THE REASON; BARGE TRAFFIC IS AFFECTED
St. Louis Post - Dispatch December 31, 1999

LOW WATER ON RIVERS BEDEVILS NAVIGATION HERE ; BARGES ARE AGROUND; MISSISSIPPI MAY HIT LOWEST LEVEL SINCE '89
St. Louis Post - Dispatch January 15, 2003

26 posted on 12/28/2012 1:00:23 PM PST by CW_Conservative
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To: CW_Conservative

Right record lows have only been around for the last 10-20yrs. The
river has been navigable for lots longer and records have been kept for a very long time. This is in response to the question of it being cyclic.


27 posted on 12/28/2012 1:42:04 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: CW_Conservative

Right record lows have only been around for the last 10-20yrs. The
river has been navigable for lots longer and records have been kept for a very long time. This is in response to the question of it being cyclic.


28 posted on 12/28/2012 1:42:16 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks blam.


29 posted on 12/29/2012 11:52:22 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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