Several dredgers are battling extreme low-water conditions along the Mississippi River to keep commercial navigation moving on Americaâ€™s super highway.
One of them, the Potter, is scooping the stretch of the Mississippi Riverâ€™s navigation channel just south of St. Louis, the shipâ€™s 32-foot-wide head sucking up about 60,000 cubic yards of sediment each day.
According to telegram.com, some stretches of the Mississippi River are nearing the record low-water levels experienced in 1988, when river traffic was suspended in several spots.
A lot of navigation interest teams are meeting daily to address the low-water issues with closer coordination and continuous communication.
Dredging Today Staff, August 20, 2012