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Improving Mississippi River Disaster Management

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There are new efforts to improve management of the Mississippi River including response to extreme weather situations.

Senator Dick Durbin said the Senate just approved legislation that would include a study of the entire Mississippi River basin for the first time ever.
     
This comes after a drought last year and low water levels that threatened to halt barge traffic all the way to the other extreme with flooding this spring.
     
The study would aim to give a better understanding of the basin functions and how to keep safe and reliable navigation on the river.