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Seaway Navigation Study Raises Questions
Stephanie Hemphill
Great Lakes Radio Consortium
June 21, 2004

The U.S. and Canada are about halfway through a major study of navigation in the Great Lakes. The scope of the study has changed since it was first proposed. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports:

The Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway connect Midwest farms and factories with the Atlantic Ocean. Its locks are aging, and big ocean-going ships can't squeeze through. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wanted to look at widening the locks and deepening the channels.

But Canada wasn't interested in that, and Congress directed the Corps to scale back the study.

Wayne Schloop is the study manager.

'There's a lot of question marks as far as what does the bi-national system need, in its entirety, not just the U.S. portion. There's also a realization there's a lot of environmental sensitivity to the system, and you need to address that in some manner before you can make any potential recommendations about long-term improvements if they're warranted, or if they're out there."

Five public meetings are being held around the Great Lakes this summer, and a final report is expected in fall 2005.

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