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U.S. Senate Approves Mississippi River Bill

posted on July 21, 2006

After years of debate, the Senate this week overwhelmingly approved a massive waterway navigation bill that would double the size of locks on the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

The measure also is designed to reform how the Army Corps of Engineers justifies major water construction projects, imposing a new system of peer review over an agency that has been under fire in the wake of levee failures during Hurricane Katrina.

Farm groups and barge operators cheered passage of the $11.7 billion Water Resources Development Act as the best way to reduce traffic delays on the rivers and speed the shipment of grain and other crops to southern ports for export.

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