Mess on the Mississippi
Thu Jan 29, 2015 06:32 PM CST

The Upper Mississippi River/Illinois Waterway Navigation System was a marvel when it was constructed, mostly in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, the 37 locks on the 1,200-mile system of inland rivers are a mess.

"Catastrophic failure is not a matter of if, but when," warns Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), based in Ankeny, Iowa. "We are getting closer and closer to such a failure, and if it happens at harvest, it will definitely have an effect on farmer profitability."

Cries that the Mississippi River system is crumbling have ...

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