Ag industry gears up for 14-week river closure

From the Capital Press

Ag industry representatives say they’re as ready as possible for an upcoming 14-week closure of the Columbia/Snake river system that carries their goods overseas.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing the river from Dec. 12 through March 20. The extended closure allows the corps to make repairs at six dams on the river system, including navlock controls at Bonneville Lock and Dam and new operating machinery for the downstream gate at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam. Information from the corps includes repairs costing at least $33 million.

The closure affects grain traffic and other commodities which use the river system for overseas export, said Kristin Meira, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association. Read the rest of the story here.