Dredging operations need to keep shipping channels open on Mississippi River

A heavy amount of sentiment in the Mississippi River is creating the need for dredging in our area.

High water created several spots near La Crosse that will need to be dredged by the U-S Army Corps of Engineers.

Dredging is the process of removing sediment from the main channel of the Mississippi River.

The sediment can create problems for barges traveling down the river.

“Shipping those large, bulk commodities by the river is really the easiest and cheapest and actually emissions wise, environmentally, it’s the most environmentally friendly way to ship those large, bulk commodities,” said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson George Stringham.

Some dredging may be delayed because of continued high water on the Mississippi River.

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