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Mississippi barges post-drought: Rollin’ on the river

Kai Ryssdal Mar 19, 2013
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Mississippi barges post-drought: Rollin’ on the river

Kai Ryssdal Mar 19, 2013
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Last summer’s drought that continued through the winter wasn’t just bad news for ranchers and farmers. There were big worries about what it would mean to the Mississippi River, too.

Low water and heavy boats meant bad news for barge operators who relied on high water levels to ferry goods from North to South.

“After the past couple of years we’ve had, I think we’re enjoying the average water levels now,” said Austin Golding, who has been running river barges his whole life out of Vicksburg, Miss. “I think you’re going to see this have a very positive effect on the cost of goods that move across the country.”

Golding said he and other barge pilots have weathered through drought and floods for the past few years. No matter what the weather, “we have to maintain business as usual.”

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