Governor Steve Beshear is joining officials from other states asking the Army Corps of Engineers not to restrict the flow of the Missouri River into the Mississippi. The Corps says the flow reduction is due to drought in the upper Missouri River.
Beshear is vice chair of the National Governor Association’s Committee on Economic Development and Commerce. He says barge traffic on the Mississippi has suffered lately due to low water levels, and restricting flow further could bring commerce to a halt. The National Weather Service predicts the river level in the St. Louis area could fall to 4 feet below average by December 16th.