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Farm Progress reports:

Waterway The American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council Inc. are calling upon Congress and
the administration to address a developing drought-caused situation on the Mississippi River that could bring commerce to a halt in early December.

Water releases from dams on the upper Missouri River are planned to be significantly scaled back later this month as the impact of the 2012 drought lingers.

These reductions are expected to have a negative impact on the Mississippi River water level between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill., beginning Dec. 1.

Of particular concern are rock formations along the river that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently working to remove. Mike Petersen, public affairs chief with the St. Louis District of the Army Corps of Engineers, says the Corps has plans finalized to remove the rock, though no work has yet been completed.

He says the Corps is working within its power as quickly as possible to keep the river open, despite record-low water levels on the Mississippi.

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