Request for contacting Congress about Mississippi River
As severe as these and other impacts of Mississippi River navigation disruptions would be on U.S. farmers and agriculture, they do not account for the cascading impacts and costs that would be felt by American consumers and our fellow citizens as a result of impacts on other industrial products – such as coal, imported fuel, road salt and other goods.
At the same time, significant U.S. job losses are projected if mid-Mississippi navigation is disrupted. A study conducted on behalf of Waterways Council Inc. and The American Waterway Operators released Nov. 30, 2012 showed that states adjacent to the Mississippi River would sustain an immediate negative impact on jobs and wages. Specifically, the study found that closure of navigation between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill., would result in the loss of an estimated 20,000 jobs and more than $130 million in wages during just a two-month period (December 2012 and January 2013), with the potential toll highest in Louisiana, Illinois and Missouri.
For these reasons, we respectfully reiterate our request that the administration take immediate action outlined previously to maintain legally authorized navigation on the Mississippi River system. We appreciate your consideration of our views, and urge your immediate attention to this critical issue.