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Lawmakers discuss low Mississippi River with Corps

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Last Friday, the corps began reducing releases from Gavins Point Dam. Last Friday, the corps began reducing releases from Gavins Point Dam.

Lawmakers from Mississippi River states are meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington Thursday to try to press for action on critically low water levels that are threatening to bring barge operations to a halt.

At issue is the Army Corps' recent move to reduce flow of the Missouri River, which feeds into the Mississippi.

Last Friday, the corps began reducing releases from Gavins Point Dam because of the drought on the upper Missouri River.

The lawmakers believe that could make already low levels of the Mississippi worse, potentially squeezing commerce on that river.

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