Mississippi River Dredging; State Leaders Call On Obama
Louisiana congressional delegates are calling on the Obama White House to ensure proper dredging of the Mississippi River ship channel, after Spring flood waters recede.Congressman Steve Scalise says the swollen river is now loaded with sediments that will build up on the river.
In a letter addressed to President Obama, and the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, Scalise says a second disaster--an economic one--waits to follow the Spring floods. He advises quick investment in adequate dredging to keep the Mississippi, and other waterways navigable. Scalise says the feds must devote adequate funding and resources to assure the Mississippi River remains open to deep draft ship traffic. How much money is needed? Scalise says he is unsure. Scalise hopes to get the funds tacked onto an emergency spending measure to address damage and loss from floods and tornados this Spring