Governor Nixon, Barge Industry Urge Action on Rivers

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are imploring the federal government to keep water flowing on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers or face potential “economic disaster.”

The nearly year-long drought has left many waterways at historic lows. Nixon sent a letter Friday urging the Army Corps of Engineers to rethink plans to stop the release of water from the Missouri’s upstream reservoirs beginning Dec. 1. That would also reduce flow on the Mississippi since the Missouri merges into the Mississippi.

Nixon says the move could create an “economic disaster.” Meanwhile, the American Waterways Operators and WaterwaysCouncil last week urged Congress and President Barack Obama to act to keep the water flowing.

Messages left with the Corps were not immediately returned.

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