RIVER MONEY: Corps Says More Needed For Locks And Dams

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for millions of dollars to help improve the flow of water and traffic along the Mississippi River.

Mayors from the quad cities area are teaming up with the corps to ask Congress for additional funding to help improve the locks and dams along the river. Congress is getting ready to debate the Energy Water Bill, which decides funding for the Army Corps.

Opponents don’t want congress to increase funding because they don’t feel barge and shipping companies pay their fair share for improvement projects.

The corps says they don’t care where the money comes from they just need more of it.

“Our locks and dams are 80 years old in most of the locations in the Rock Island District. They’re design life was 50 years, so there’s a lot of band aids and baling wire holding things together right now,” says Gary Meden with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

River commissioners are touring the river this week to assess where improvement projects are needed.