Upper Mississippi River System receives critical funding

(Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the allocation of $4.5 million to the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway System for fiscal year (FY) 2020.

Through the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), the funding will continue the preconstruction, engineering and design work that was suspended. Since June 2011, NESP was suspended due to lack of funding by Congress, until now.

“Our outdated locks are threatening our state’s competitiveness,” said U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville. “By prioritizing these projects, this administration is helping ensure Illinois and our nation can move their products to market without massive delays.”

The goal of NESP is to provide navigation improvements and ecological restoration to the Upper Mississippi River System.

The funding was made possible by the passing of the FY 2020 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.