Navigation Study Raises Questions
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
For more information on the Seaway Navigation Study: