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Louisiana asking for funding to dredge the Mississippi River

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 5:28pm

LOUISIANA (FOX44) - Billions of dollars travelling up and down the mighty Mississippi River are at risk.
That's if Louisiana doesn't get more federal money to get rid of silt build up.

State officials were asking for 85 million dollars to dredge the lower Mississippi River earlier this year, now they need 95 million.

Record levels in the Mississippi River this year, brought in twice the normal amount of silt making it dangerous for big ships to pass in certain places.

There are restrictions on the river right now as a result, but officials say they're going to get worse.
Officials say the federal dollars are available, but they aren't being used the right way.

There is legislation in congress right now to make sure the dredging happens where its needed.

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