Bloomberg News has an unusually good piece on the impending shutdown of the Middle Mississippi.
Again, the only upside of this low-water crisis is that the mainstream media are covering river issues to an extent very rarely seen. Too bad it takes a crisis for that to happen.
October saw a sharp drop of 3.6 percent in U.S. exports—the biggest single-month drop since January 2009.
Another section of the Blanchette Bridge that crosses the Missouri River at St. Charles, Mo., was demolished this morning at about 10:25 a.m.
Dan Overbey, executive port director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority, explains how the low water and impending shutdown affects shipping costs.
It’s not just the Mississippi river that is suffering from low water; the Great Lakes also have historically low levels that are hurting many small communities.
“In bygone days, friendly members of Congress would slip money into the federal budget to dredge a harbor. But so-called earmarks have fallen out of favor, leaving business and civic leaders wondering where to turn. A desperate few are raising money locally for dredging but insist they can’t afford it on a regular basis.”
Indeed. We hope Congress is rethinking the earmarks ban.
The low-water crisis on the Mississippi River is set to make your Christmas more expensive.
Job losses loom on the rapidly sinking Mississippi River.