Slay, group of mayors pressure Congress for money to improve Mississippi River

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 5:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 8:55 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Mayor Francis Slay joined a dozen other mayors from cities along the Mississippi River Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to put pressure on top lawmakers to spend federal money on improvements for the Mississippi.

Mayor Slay said he is worried the government has no real plan for the Mississippi River.

The group of mayors came from citiies in states ranging from Lousiana to Minnesota and joined the crusade. Local leaders also included the officials from Alton and Grafton, Ill. and Clarksville, Mo.

The mayors want Congress to address three types of improvement plans that include conservation, drought and disaster plans.

If Congress fails to put long term plans in place for the Mississippi, it could affect drinking water and food prices could increase.

The mayor group said a third of the food and grain in the US could be in jeopardy if plans aren’t made and executed. 62 percent of the nation’s farm output comes from deliveries along the Mississippi.

 

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