As Mississippi River level drops, prices could rise (Chicago Sun Times)

December 3, 2012 – There’s a serious water shortage on two of America’s great rivers. The Missouri and Mississippi rivers are at the center of a drought-related bind that could further drive up food prices for shoppers and slow the delivery of bulk commodities like road salt and fuel in and out of Chicago. Already approaching historic lows, the Mississippi River is now dropping lower because it’s purposefully receiving less water from the Missouri River. This is part of a government-mandated process that aims to sustain water levels in the Missouri River basin, which stretches from Montana to St. Louis.

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