Corps of Engineers Widens Rock Removal Operations on Mississippi River

The Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau, downstream from where the Corps of Engineers will remove rock this week | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The Corps of Engineers tonight begins a 10-day project to remove rock formations from a second stretch of the Mississippi River, about 31 miles north of an earlier rock-removal operation at Thebes, Ill.

Removal of the rock formations is part of a multi-prong approach the Corps of Engineers is taking to keep the river clear for barges and tow boats during the current drought. The agency also has stepped up dredging operations.

The Corps is predicting that even without any rain or snow, it should be able to maintain navigation channels at least through the end of February.

Read more in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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