Coordinated Effort Keeping Products Moving On Low River Levels

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Forecasted levels for the Mississippi River show tough times ahead for the shipping industry but industry leaders still think they’ll keep products moving.

The weather service does not factor in any precipitation when it is making these predictions. And a coordinated effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard have kept about half the normal shipping business up and running.

Sixty percent of all exported grain is carried on the Mississippi River while fuel and fertilizer are shipped north from the gulf coast.