Mississippi, Illinois waterway renovations still debated

07/19/2004 | Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)

The debate over possible improvements to the lock-and-dam system that allows commercial travel on the Upper Mississippi River and the Illinois Waterway is only intensifying as the 12-year, $70 million government analysis continues. Supporters of the renovation believe the infrastructure is crumbling and backed-up river traffic may threaten farmers' ability to transport goods, but others say bigger locks will harm the ecosystem unnecessarily.

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