Mississippi mission: Iowa governor wants river mended; lock and dam updating a must

Author: Amy Volk | Posted: 2/8/2013

The debate over how to overhaul the aging Mississippi lock and dam system has been mired down for decades, but Iowa Governor Terry Branstad hopes a meeting held Feb. 5, in Davenport, Iowa, will get momentum rolling for upgrades.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad convened stakeholders Tuesday to discuss the aging Mississippi River lock and dam system. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
Branstad pulled together stakeholders ranging from farm commodity group representatives to community development leaders to environmentalists to start a new conversation on the importance of this major artery and the need for rehabilitation to keep a competitive advantage.

"We're here to discuss the importance of the Mississippi River not just to Iowa, but the entire upper Midwest. The river is a critical part of our nation's transportation infrastructure. It helps connect Iowa with the world economy.

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Source: DTN Progressive Farmer