River Traffic Through September At Highest Level In Four Years

Despite a slow spring due to heightened river levels, barge activity on the Arkansas River through the first nine months of 2017 is trending toward its best year in four years.

Information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers showed 8.68 million tons were shipped January through September, up 1% from the 8.57 million tons during the same period of 2016.

Activity levels have been improving at a steady rate from earlier this year, when river traffic was impacted by heavy rainfall in March and April in areas of Oklahoma that feed into the Arkansas River watershed. The increased river levels slowed and eventually halted shipping on the river. In fact, May’s monthly total of 499,662 tons was the lowest monthly level since June 2015 (390,084 tons).    MORE

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