Steve Jaeger, the Heart of Illinois Regional Port District Director, said dredgers are doing what they can to keep traffic moving along the Illinois River.
According to Newsbug Info, water levels are down across Illinois because of the drought, and that’s causing some issues for barge traffic.
Jaeger said: “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dredging and marking a channel from Pekin down toward Beardstown. We’re trying to keep the channel as close to nine feet as possible but low water levels are making the water shallower than normally expected.”
Jaeger added that the situation on the Mississippi River is more complicated.
Dredging Today Staff, August 3, 2012