Mayors of 41 cities and towns along the Mississippi River met in St. Louis today to discuss how they can better address the tribulations the river brings their way. The mayors were from as far North as St. Cloud, Minnesota and as far South as Vidalia, Louisiana and they all saw record drought this year and record flooding last year.
Any disruption to traffic along the Mississippi costs big bucks. Oil, gas and grain that total about a quarter of the nation’s gross domestic product move along the river.