Sen. Tammy Baldwin supports funding for Mississippi River locks and dams
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has focused work on repairing and maintaining locks, spreading themselves thin to fully maintain the dams.
“We haven’t been able to do maintenance on those, the painting and blasting of the gates to keep that steel in good condition,” said Bryan Peterson, Navigation Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Having proper dams to keep the river under control doesn’t just help people enjoy the Mississippi, but it helps farmers sell crops after a hard year.
“If you think about the corn grown in Wisconsin, the Soybeans grown in Wisconsin, most of them use barges to get their products to market,” said Senator Tammy Baldwin.
Baldwin wanted to see first-hand how much additional funding may be needed to bring the lock and dam system up-to-date.
“We’re long overdue to make repairs, upgrades, and if we don’t it impacts commerce and certainly helps our farmers in a year when they can’t be challenged anymore.”
Senator Baldwin argues more funding for locks and dams will make them more efficient.
“It’s very important to have all our fertilizer and nutrients for our fields and everything, and that comes up the river,” said Doug Rebout, President of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association.
And after a hard year, farmers would appreciate all the help they can get.
“It’s been a tough year, and things have kind of gotten piled up on us,” added Rebout.
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