Silt having major impact on economy

Silt having major impact on economy
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:32pm

Silt is causing issues along the Mississippi River and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain wants something done about it before it’s too late.

He is asking the Obama Administration for ninety-three million dollars in emergency funds so the Army Corps of Engineers can clear out the silt from the river. He says if that doesn’t happen, ships won’t be able to use the Mississippi and that will cause a major economic impact on not only Louisiana, but the entire United States, “not to use the Mississippi River diversion would cost the grain farmers in America one and a half billion dollars.”

Additionally, Strain estimates that because ships transporting oil cannot carry their normal load because of this excess silt, each one is losing one to two million dollars in revenue.

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