ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Word from that meeting is a warning; the great drought of 2012 may be the great drought of 2013. That news from the big river lives conference in St. Louis Thursday.
It’s a meeting of scientists, conservationist and government experts and water experts. The conference is exploring ways to address critical habitat and ecosystems issues on the Mississippi River. Many officials say recent calls to release more Missouri River water into the critically low Mississippi River may not be enough.
The drought's impact has led Missouri and Illinois members of congress to call on President Barack Obama to take emergency action to ensure water levels do not fall below a level needed by commercial navigation on the Mississippi River. The measure also directs the Army Corps of Engineers to take steps to keep barge and other traffic moving up and down the river.