Engineers to consider deepening MS River
BATON ROUGE - The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting here soon to discuss the impacts of dredging the Mississippi River by as much as five feet.
The Associated Press reported the discussion Tuesday evening. The Corps said Baton Rouge will play host to one of three meetings about the plan. Others will happen in Belle Chasse and New Orleans.
Currently, the river only accommodates ships with a draft - the distance between the waterline and the bottom of the ship; the area usually red seen when a ship is not fully loaded - of 45 feet. The expanded Panama Canal will open next year and be able to accommodate ships with a draft of 50 feet.
The Corps will consider deepening the shipping channel of the river to as much as 50 feet. The move will expensive, and could carry ecological consequences.
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