Drought Closes Parts of Mississippi River

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Minnehaha Creek flowing into Mississippi River (Jim Brekke/flickr)

Drought conditions have hit the middle of America hard. But the latest effects weren’t felt on crops or soil.

The Mississippi River is more than 12 feet lower than normal for this time of year. It's so difficult for boats to pass through that crews have shut down an 11-mile stretch to restore the depth. Over 100 ships are in line to pass through. 

These delays aren’t merely an inconvenience, either. They’re costing producers — and eventually consumers — tens of thousands of dollars. 

Lynn Muench is senior vice president of regional advocacy with American Waterway Operators.

We're making a listener response map! Tell us where you live and how the drought has affected your day-to-day activities. Tell us in the comments section below.


Lynn Muench

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Joe Hernandez

Comments [3]


And.... Why is the Media also avoiding this issue???? Why don't we have the "Global Environment Report" every night on the news - just like we have "Marketplace Money"? Our planet is reacting to human activity and this will not "go away" just because we don't talk about it.

Aug. 22 2012 08:49 AM

Why won't our leaders address environmental issues/global climate change????
Last summer it was massive flooding, this summer it's unprecedented drought. Why can't our leaders understand and address the fact that what happens to our planet affects EVERYTHING in our lives. We can't sweep this issue under the rug.

Aug. 22 2012 08:40 AM
Jim Cole from New York City

The drought story reminds me that discussions of environmental issues are completely absent from the campaigns of both Obama and Romney.

Aug. 22 2012 08:02 AM

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