Midwest lawmakers survey Mississippi river work

By WEEK Producer

Midwest lawmakers survey Mississippi river work

January 7, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:20 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Bill Enyart were on the Mississippi on Monday watching the Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard working to clear the river.

Drought conditions have dropped river levels, making it hard for some boats and ships to move along the river. There are predictions the river could drop even more in the next week or two. Barges are getting stuck and that has meant economic trouble for commerce. Durbin says getting river levels up could be tricky.

"Now that doesn't mean that the decision that's made is going to be non-controversial and maybe end up in court, but the word from the White House is, 'Everything is on the table to keep this river flowing'," said Durbin.

Senator Durbin and other Midwestern lawmakers want more water diverted to the Mississippi from the Missouri River something the Army Corp of Engineers says it legally can't do.

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