Upper Mississippi River

Beduhn Authors TME Article about System Improvement on the Upper Mississippi River

The Mississippi River, stretching from central Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, is of vital importance to the economy of the United States. Covering approximately half the river’s overall length of 2,300-mi, the Upper Mississippi River System provides the nation and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri, a low cost, vital link to domestic and international markets.

Over the course of the last century, the network of 29 federally owned locks and dams has facilitated commerce. Many of these locks and dams have reached or far exceeded their original 50-year designed life cycle by as much as 20 to 30 years. Read how rehabilitation and modernization are critical to keep the waterways commercially viable in the article, "System Improvement on the Upper Mississippi" authored by Bob Beduhn for The Military Engineer.