U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement after news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to bring a dredge back to the Lake Providence Port.
"The Mississippi River is the most productive river transportation system in America, and ensuring that cargo can continue to move through the river is vital for Louisiana and national commerce," Vitter said. "Many Louisiana farmers and businesses rely on the Mississippi River to transport goods to export markets, and it is the responsibility of the Corps to ensure that the ports are maintained at proper levels."
The port has seen significant shoaling due to low water levels on the Mississippi River. Vitter, along with the Louisiana congressional delegation, has been actively pushing the Corps to move a dredge back to Lake Providence.