Mississippi River

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has removed a sunken tow boat from the Mississippi River near Cairo, Illinois, and taken it to Kentucky for repairs. 

via National Weather Service

 

Counties surrounding the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers are facing high flood levels after the region received several inches of rain over the weekend. National Weather Service Hydrologist Mary Lamb said flood levels are reaching about 35 feet in Smithland and as high as 46 feet further west in Cairo, Illinois.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A riverport authority official in far west Kentucky is concerned with potential cuts to the Delta Regional Authority in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. The DRA is a federal and state-funded partnership that assists in development projects in communities along the Mississippi River.

It's a chilly February day as we set out from the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River. We're in a 24-foot cypress canoe, paddling south, with John Ruskey guiding in the stern.

The first stretch of journey, just south of Helena, Ark., is far from wild. We paddle past lots of industry lining the riverbanks: Along the shore, we see grain being pumped from a giant grain elevator into barges on the river. We pass coal and petrochemical docks, too, supplying or offloading the barges that ply this river up to Minnesota, and down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Hickman riverport

The Hickman-Fulton County Riverport Authority says barge-unloading operations on Kentucky's side of the Mississippi will resume after a year-long hiatus, thanks to the port’s new crane.

The old crane had been in use since 1972 and was decommissioned last November following an accident, which greatly diminished the port’s ability to process cargo.  

Ballard County Schools

Organizers of the Western Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy say their first conference was a success and are now looking at opportunities which may include a hemp refinery near the future site.

Rob Canning, WKMS

Gov. Matt Bevin says that in order for Kentucky to bolster economic development opportunities, more ‘shepherds’ need to come forward and take charge.  

Bevin opened the first WAVE Confluence in Hickman County Monday.  

2008 National Park Service

Kentucky’s Governor and state and regional economic leaders will be on hand at the first WAVE Confluence in far western Kentucky this month.

WAVE, or the Western Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy, is a four-county collaborative working to reverse job loss in Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman Counties by promoting the area’s biggest resource: the Mississippi River.  

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

An Army veteran from Clarksville plans to travel the length of the Mississippi River by canoe for personal growth and to raise funds for fellow veterans. 

Allison Crawford, WKMS

County and economic development officials of Kentucky’s four western river counties are collaborating to develop a regional economic development initiative driven by the Panama Canal expansion. The expansion, which is set complete next month, is expected to significantly increase container shipping along the Mississippi River.

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