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ARMY CORPS TO RELEASE SOME WATER RESERVES INTO THE MISSISSIPPI
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has increased water releases from Carlyle Lake in Southwestern Illinois in an effort to raise the level of water on the Mississippi.

Shipping has been threatened by low water volumes especially around Thebes, Illinois where rock formations pose a threat at 5 feet below the surface.

Carlyle Lake is one of several reservoirs where the Corps collected above-normal water amounts in anticipation of the lower levels on the Mississippi. Releases from Carlyle began Saturday and will increase gradually to 4,000 cubic feet per second by Monday afternoon. The full extent of the release is expected to reach Thebes by December 24th. Releases will continue if needed until the river level increases through precipitation.

The project to remove the rock formations in the Mississippi will also get under way this week.


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