Full navigation season predicted for Missouri River

Thursday, June 4, 2009 | 8:52 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to keep enough water in the Missouri River for a full navigation season.

When the amount of water in upstream reservoirs drops, the Army Corps holds back water and that lowers river levels downstream.

The corps said Wednesday that the forecast shows the navigation season likely won't need to be shortened from its typical fall ending.

The eight-month season has a staggered beginning and ending date along various points in the river. The season runs from April 1 to Dec. 1 at the river's mouth in St. Louis.

A final decision about whether there will be a full navigation season is to be made after a final check of the reservoirs on July 1.


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