Drought in Upper Missouri River Basin not affecting grain movement, yet

Drought conditions continue to impact the Upper Missouri River Basin, but the Army Corps of Engineers says river levels aren’t impacting grain movement.

John Remus is the Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. “We haven’t really seen a lot of impacts to navigation so far primarily because of some very, very good rainstorms in the lower basin that has maintained a higher river level than we would normally see this time of year.” 

He tells Brownfield at the last storage check, which is the total amount of water in the system, will dictate how much water is released moving forward. “And right now, we’re releasing less-than-full-service support to navigation based on the July 1st storage check and we will continue to do that through the end of the flow support season, which will end at the mouth.”

Remus says his biggest concern is if the lower basin dries up during the fall it would have a larger impact on barge movement.

John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

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